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This is a work in progress. Suggestions to secure funding, collaborate with experts in the field, interact with communities and university admissions departments, improve this site, and update the reference lists with relevant publications are all welcome.



The School Bonus Points project will be directed by Ilona Arnold-Berkovits, Ph.D., an education and social work researcher and psychometrician at Rutgers University.

This work was recently presented at the 2024 College Board Forum with Rutgers-New Brunswick Vice Chancellor, Courtney McAnuff, and Perth Amboy High School Vice Principal, Charles Ezell. 


We are also currently seeking:


  • Experts to join the advisory panel. 
  • Grant funding to study and implement this initiative.



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