The SAT and Black Students Don't Mix

Research shows that the SAT discriminates against Black students.


A 2003 study by researcher Roy Freedle confirms what we've suspected for decades: The SAT discriminates against Black students. In an episode of Good Times, "the militant midget," aka Michael Evans, rebelled against a standardized test because it discriminated against poor blacks. How? The way it designed questions. Freedle's study examined varying ethnic groups that scored at the same level on the verbal portion of the exam. Freedle found that African-American students did better on harder questions with less-common words and worse on easier questions with common words that had multiple meanings. He theorized that this was due to racial and class upbringing. If the SAT doesn't take that into acount, then how accurate is the test design and what does it really reflect? Perhaps it isn't someone's aptitude after all, which is exactly what Michael Evans said.

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