ERIC Number: ED209246
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Test Scores and Family Income: A Response to Charges in the Nader/Nairn Report on ETS.
Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
The Nairn report, The Reign of ETS, asserts that Educational Testing Service (ETS) has attempted to suppress information on the relationship of test scores to students' family income, that the relationship of Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores to income is inordinately high, and that the tests preserve the social status quo by denying opportunity to students from poor and working class families. In fact, the principal evidence reported by Nairn comes from a series of reports developed by ETS and published by the College Board. The relationship between test scores and family income is far more moderate than Nairn suggests; students from each income level obtain the full range of SAT scores. Finally, it is doubtful that the cause of social equality will be furthered by eliminating evidence of unequal educational preparation. History indicates, in fact, that admission to higher education was far more a matter of class and economic status prior to the use of national admissions tests than it has been since. (Author/BW)
Descriptors: Access to Education, College Admission, College Entrance Examinations, Family Income, Higher Education, Scores
Educational Testing Service, Publication Order Services, Dept. E01, Princeton, NJ 08541 (Free)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers: Educational Testing Service; Reign of ETS (Nairn); Scholastic Aptitude Test
Note: For a related document, see TM 810 635.