ERIC Number: ED219429
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Racial Differences in Measurement Error in Educational Achievement Models.
Wolfle, Lee M.; Robertshaw, Dianne
Comparisons between whites and blacks in models of educational achievement were found to be suspect when based solely on least-square estimates, since the estimates are biased by measurement error varying by race. In this study, white high school seniors were shown to report their parents' status characteristics more reliably than black high school seniors. Data were drawn from the National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972 as the seniors moved into early adult years. Variables included father's and mother's educational attainment in the base year and first followup year, and father's occupation measured by Duncan's socioeconomic index adjusted to the 1970 census occupation classification. Simultaneous covariance structure analysis methods developed by Joreskog were used in estimating measurement parameters for both groups. Explicit statistical tests of group differences in measurement error patterns are described. (Author/CM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Analysis of Covariance, Black Students, Error of Measurement, Estimation (Mathematics), Factor Structure, Least Squares Statistics, Longitudinal Studies, Parent Background, Racial Factors, Research Problems, Secondary Education, Statistical Bias, Statistical Significance, White Students
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Covariance Structural Analysis; Joreskog (Karl G); Occupational Status
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (66th, New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).