Study: SAT is equally predictive across the socioeconomic spectrum
- A new study published in the journal Psychological Science reaffirms the predictive value of the SAT--particularly when combined with high school grades--in light of concerns over the fairness of relying on the test in admissions decisions when students from wealthier families tend to score higher on the SAT than low-income students.
- The study's key finding is that SAT scores and high school grades together are predictive of college freshman performance for all socioeconomic statuses, and it goes on to assert that there are no institutional barriers to admission for low-income students--there are only the realities of socioeconomic inequality.
- Critics are skeptical of the study due to its funding by the College Board and its omission of what they say are key factors that might explain its findings without removing the fairness concerns.
From the article:
Students from wealthier families, on average, perform better on the SAT than those from low-income families. And that reality has led some colleges to question the fairness of relying on the test in admissions decisions. A new study in the journal Psychological Science, however, says that the predictive value of the SAT is strong, especially when used in conjunction with high school grades, and that the use of the SAT has equal predictive accuracy for students from across a range of socioeconomic groups. ...
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