Draft 1: Standardized Voodoo: Biases in Educational Testing
This research topic submitted by Dan Mess (firstname.lastname@example.org) on 2/24/98.
In my poster presentation, and in my research project, I will
be looking at the GRE and possibly the SAT as prime examples of
unfair, biased tests that mismeasure intelligence/academic success
and tend to privilege white, middle to upper class, males. My
background text is Stephen Jay Gould's /The Mismeasure of Man/,
particularly his sections on the acceptance of IQ testing in this
country as an adequate and reliable index of one's true intelligence.
I predict that the SAT and GRE are biased because too much of
the tests are based on cultural knowledge instead of measuring
any sort of true aptitude. I hope to be looking at studies that
show correlations between SAT and GRE scores and grades in higher
education. I am also weighing the possibility of administering
a survey on Western to see if SAT scores were a reliable predictive
method for grade point average at Miami. I could also do a quantitative
analysis of the research done and articles published ont his subject.
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