Just because you believe something to be true or untrue, does not make it such. I haven't read enough literature (nor do I really care enough) on the subject to have a heavily weighted opinion on the potential culture bias of the SAT, but the argument is certainly not outdated, nor is it not pretty strongly supported in many parts of academia. The argument is never that the test is biased because it is given in English and not in native language for ESL/ELL students (I'm not sure if they can or can't had the exam administered in their native languages, to be honest -- they might be able to). So your example here really doesn't apply.
FWIW, here's a guy who agrees with you
, Madison. And here's a paper
I had to read for an undergraduate education assessment course on culture bias across most or all standardized testing.
At the end of the day, from where I'm standing, the SAT measures one thing and one thing only (consequently, it's one thing it doesn't claim to attempt to measure) -- a student's very specific test-taking abilities. Because of this, it is going to be relied upon and required less and less by more and more colleges and universities as part of the admissions process.
I like the guy in the first link, but he misses the mark as well:
The same goes for the "self-esteem" argument. Believe me, my self-esteem would suffer if I had to go out on a golf course and compete with Tiger Woods or onto a tennis court and compete with Pete Sampras or Andre Agassi. We would have to throw out every criterion in every field if we wanted to avoid damaging the self-esteem of those who fail.
If failing in those circumstances would hurt someone's self-esteem, they've got serious and severe self-confidence problems. Now if someone is a "professional" or wants to play golf or tennis for a living, and they get completely blown away by those three, then it should serve simply as a reality check that they might need to get into another line of work. It certainly shouldn't affect their self-esteem.
But I did like this:
If you can't handle math and the English language, you are in big trouble.
If the "culturally biased" argument is meant to insinuate that these tests falsely predict a lower academic achievement level for minority students than they later achieve, then that is a purely factual question. And the facts have devastated that theory time and again, for years on end.
From your other link though, I call BS from the start:
Bias in an item on intelligence tests can result from cultural familiarity with one
of the objects or words that occur in the question. For example, one item that appears in a
form with pictures and in another form with words, gives a set of four instruments, harp,
drum, violin, and piano. The test taker is then asked to cross out the one that doesn’t
belong. (Eells 258). Over half of the lower status children picked the harp, rather than the
correct answer of drum, probably because they were unfamiliar with the harp as an
instrument from a lack of exposure to it.
They can't see the drum is the only one without strings? Sorry, not buying a "lack of exposure" excuse, there are pictures right there on the page. That has zero to do with culture. Spin is one thing, but that borders on absurd. There's more, but that one says enough.
The teachers were told that the students were given the
Harvard Test of Inflected Acquisition, which would predict academic “blooming” or
“spurting.” The teachers the received a list of children that had excelled on the Harvard
test and were potential “academic bloomers.” The lists, however, were in fact, randomly
generated. When, at the end of the year, the students were given the TOGA again, to see
if the expectations of the teachers had any effect on the children’s scores. Rosenthal
noted, “For the entire school, the children for whom the teachers had expected intellectual
growth averaged significantly greater improvement than did the control children.”
Of course they did. The teachers gave those particular students more attention (noted in the .pdf). If all students were given the same attention, all of their scores would go up. What do all students have in common? Parents! Maybe someone should let parents know they can help their kid learn and be smart! BRILLIANT!
The poor may be handicapped by the existence of SAT courses, books, and
computer programs which claim to raise scores. Many of the courses can cost up to $800;
the head of one such course observed, “Most of our kids are wealthy. Those are the kids
who have an advantage to begin with. And we’re moving them up another level.” (Mensh
Wait, wait, the author doesn't know those books and programs work or do any good whatsoever, but he's willing to use them as a scapegoat? That's obviously fishy.
I am not, in this paper, forwarding some kind of radical leftist political view, as is
often the charge against those critical of the standardized testing system. My intent was to
put forth examples of how standard tests can be bias in favor of certain cultures, how the
scores from such test can be misinterpreted to justify unfounded and prejudiced beliefs,
and how there are many that do indeed have an interest in maintaining such a flawed
system. Again, it is Walter Lippman who best articulates the views of those critical of the
intelligence testing industry; he writes,
I hate the impudence of a claim that in fifty minutes you can judge and classify a
human being’s predestined fitness in life. I hate the pretentiousness of the claim. I
hate the abuse of scientific method which it involves. I hate the sense of
superiority which it creates, and the sense of inferiority which it imposes.
He's treating the SAT as the be-all-end-all which it isn't, and something I stated awhile back.
Anyway, I tried to keep it short (meaning I didn't open up all the holes in it), but that paper really isn't very good. A college or institute of higher learning really made you read that paper H0rt? Figured they'd pick something with less obvious flaws. Then again, maybe they wanted to hear people read it, think for themselves, find the flaws, and point them out...
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