The average reading test score for African-American students on last year’s test was 429, 99 points below that for white students. And while white students ' scores were flat, the average score for black students fell by one. “Statistics like these are debated every year when SAT data are released, and when similar breakdowns are offered on other standardized test.” (Jaschik) Along with evidence of racial bias on the SAT, it is also said that standardized tests harm a student’s
Across the United States lies 37,100 high schools; each school comes in their own shapes and sizes. Educators recently looked into whether or not lowering school size could help better these students. Results found that small high schools contain less violence incidents. Moreover, small high schools result in a wider array of student involvement. Nonetheless, small high schools offer only a limited amount of courses and extracurriculars that students can get involved in.
This has helped in some instances but I think that if standardized testing was eliminated altogether then it would provide a better advantage for minorities. College admissions should be based on their grades, community service, and school activities. Some students do well in the class but don’t do well on standardized tests. Also, I think that the SAT board should be comprised of many different races and cultures so that they can make up a test that will give everyone an equal chance at passing it. It is sad that institutional racism has existed throughout history whether its schools, banks, or other institutions; and unfortunately it will probably continue to exist if we don’t actively continue to work toward
Standardized tests are also utilized by physicians, lawyers, and pilots in order to measure their knowledge of their profession; the use of these tests is widespread among students, educators, and professional. If the results of these tests were unreliable, then they wouldn’t be used in such a wide array of professions and educational
Since 2006, overall SAT scores have dropped by 21 points. It is safe to say that the increase in standardized testing has done more bad than good. When standardized testing became more prominent, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) saw a plateau in reading and math scores. Additionally, the NAEP saw no further closure in the test score gap. The test score gap affects all minorities.
The gender differences favoring male students on the SAT are consistent with other findings on measures containing items with ill-defined solutions or unfamiliar types of items (Gallagher and De Lisi, 1994). Gallagher & De Lisi (1994) wanted to determine whether, male and female high school students achieved differently on the item performance on math section of the SAT. Results showed that male students were more likely to outperform female students on problems that no solution was found. Differences between male and female students on problems that had the use of familiar solution strategies tended to favor female students. One purpose of the study was to explore problem-solving strategies as a source of gender differences on SAT items among high-ability students (Gallagher and De Lisi,
Part I: What is the problem with the achievement gap? Do you ever just wonder why people are failing in school and what 's the setting behind them in failing is? The achievement gap in test scores affect many different groups and is the reason behind them failing. An achievement gap is often defined as the differences between the test scores of minority and/or low-income students and the test scores of their White and Asian peers (Dee and Penner). This means that the achievement gap is the academic difference between minority and white students, essentially stating that minorities get left behind.
As Wilson, stated he also agrees that the reason why minorities do not score as high as is due to their lack of knowledge on certain words since most of them are raised in low-budget areas and go to schools that lack some of the resources needed for aid on the SATs. A minority herself and a college professor agree that there is not any bias questions on the SATs and they just do not
Preparation for the SAT are often said to be the best way to get a high score, but it consists of a student studying on their own and paying four- hundred dollars an hour for tutoring that starts in the seventh grade (Rimer 1). Some parents do not have the money to get a decent tutor for their children. Teenagers who have the money to afford a tutor have better chance of getting a higher score than teenagers who are less fortunate. Teenagers of public education are often limited to resources for the SAT test preparation. The SAT test consist of unrealistic reading questions and complex math problems.
In 2013, a study was carried out by an Indiana University researcher which named Adam Maltese. The study is to figure out the relationship between homework for high school students and performance on their tests. Yet in that study, he also found a little correlation between more homework and better math and science grades. At last, he end up with a conclusion that perhaps homework “is not being used as well as it could be”. In fact, countries that assign more homework don’t see to perform any better than those with less homework.