ERIC Number: ED307786
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
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Better Measures: Developing More Minority Mathematicians and Scientists and Discussant Reactions.
Griffin, Judith Berry
The work of "A Better Chance," a Boston (Massachusetts)-based national talent search and referral agency is described in this document. The agency seeks out academically able minority students and places them in private preparatory schools or select public secondary schools. The program involves identifying and recruiting students, matching students with schools, and providing student support after placement. Examination of the results of two studies of "A Better Chance" graduates found that the program: (1) provided opportunities and experiences students needed to maximize their abilities, and (2) determined the predictive validity of various standardized tests. Recent program initiatives and plans for future program development are noted. Maxine Bleich, in a reaction to the paper, describes a program sponsored by the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation to increase the number of minority students being academically prepared for medical school. Belvin Williams then offers comments on the use of standardized tests and the importance of social context in student selection. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
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Note: In: Dreyden, Julia I. Ed.; And Others. Developing Talent in Mathematics, Science and Technology: A Conference on Academic Talent (Durham, North Carolina, March 28-30, 1988); see EC 220 285.