ERIC Number: EJ687735
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
The Impending Loss of Talent: An Exploratory Study Challenging Assumptions About Testing and Merit
Smith, Daryl G.; Garrison, Gwen
Teachers College Record, v107 n4 p629-653 Apr 2005
Using five different data sets, this study explores the bidirectional relationship between standardized tests and various indicators of success. Examining student success on a variety of indicators such as cumulative grade point average and graduation rates, the study demonstrates the limited usefulness of such tests, particularly when the data are disaggregated by gender or race and ethnicity. Overall, if tests are overemphasized in the admissions context, they can contribute to a significant loss of talent.
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Graduation Rate, Grade Point Average, Gender Differences, Racial Differences
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Education Level: Higher Education
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