ERIC Number: ED460187
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jul-31
Reference Count: N/A
Convergent Trends in Black-White Test-Score Differentials in the U.S.: A Correction of Richard Lynn. CDE Working Paper.
Huang, Min-Hsiung; Hauser, Robert M.
Using aggregate data from the General Social Survey (GSS) 1974-96, Lynn (1998) claims that the black-white intelligence difference in the United States has not been narrowing over time. This study replicates Lynn's analysis and challenges his conclusion by identifying several methodological problems. By analyzing changes in black-white differences in the GSS vocabulary test across survey years, rather than birth cohorts, Lynn overlooks both the duration and the significance of the black-white convergence. This study extends an earlier intercohort analysis of GSS data through 1998 and confirms previous findings of a very significant, long-term black-white convergence that is attributable to improvements in socioeconomic background and schooling among African Americans. Even in an analysis of aggregate changes in the black-white test score gap across survey years, when the data are weighted properly to represent the U.S. population on the individual level, results find that the black-white test score gap narrowed significantly over the period from 1974-98. (Contains 15 references, 9 tables, 4 figures, and 17 footnotes.) (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Center for Demography and Ecology.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Social Survey