In Texas, students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school class automatically have the right to attend any public Texas university, more or less. They still have to take the SAT or ACT, but the score doesn’t matter. This unusual situation meant that by studying this group of students, the researchers could measure how effective those tests are at forecasting future college performance without the muddling effects introduced by a typical college admissions system.
The most surprising result is that for black students, the SAT is a far more important predictor of college GPA than for white or Latino students. (This is after controlling for a host of factors including the choice of college major.)
For white students, scoring one-standard deviation higher on the SAT or ACT (that’s roughly a couple hundred points on the SAT) is associated with a college GPA that’s 0.347 points higher. For black students, higher standardized test performance is associated with an additional 0.152 point boost in college GPA. For Latino students, there was no additional boost.
Even though black students do worse on standardized tests on average, each additional point seems to be more valuable for them. “This speaks to the idea that affirmative action in admissions might empirically be a good idea,” Lincove said.
Sunday, January 11, 2015
An Empirical "Justification" for Affirmative Action
Discrimination is ok as long as the results are "good", is that what I'm reading here?