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The Fairness of Standardized Tests
An examination of standardized tests which considers their fairness to minorities, those with cultural diversity, limited English and disabilities.
# 75138 | 6,182 words | 26 sources | APA | 2006 | US

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This paper examines standardized tests with an emphasis on their fairness to minorities, those with cultural diversity, limited English and disabilities. The reliability of standardized tests as a fair indicator of school success is considered, focusing primarily on the experiences of African-American students. This paper concludes that standardized tests are not at all fair towards minorities - as indicated in the fact that several colleges, such as Holy Cross, are abandoning standardized tests in their admissions processes.

Standardized Tests and Bias in College Admissions: Several Case Studies
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"Most alarmingly, of the seven tests addressing "African American issues," four or 57% were "negative" or culturally unflattering and unappealing in nature. Those tests focused on the slavery experience and on the diminished rights, poverty, and racial/ethnic chauvinism faced by Black people in the United States. (Fleming, 2000) The three "positive," or culturally celebratory, tests addressed Harlem (New York City) politics in transition, William H. Johnson's paintings, and a memoir of a Black leader - as the popular sarcastic phrase in the industry notes, the rest of the questions are about polo and fly fishing, activities in which, for both social and economic reasons, African Americans are hardly likely to engage. "

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