We have been immersed in college counseling over the last two years. Yes… we advise some student that spending energy on the SAT won’t matter. But usually, these are students who are not applying to particularly competitive colleges or know for certain that they are well within the admissions range of colleges of interest (often one in the same). And, that they don’t think their scores will help for merit aid.
For juniors… and some seniors… generating options is still the best way to approach college admissions.
Simply put, test-optional was not designed for non-diverse Connecticut suburban high school students. Doing well can only help your children’s chances at admission (generally) and their potential to gain merit aid.