Are assessments the best predictors of students' abilities?

Education Dive | January 16, 2019

New York City’s assessment for students to gain entrance to its elite high schools shows bias against girls, wrote The Hechinger Report, citing upcoming research from the Gender Equity Project at Hunter College of the City University of New York. The problem may lie in the use of multiple choice questions in tests.The study found that among girls and boys who earned the same score on New York City’s Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT), girls had a grade point average that was 4.2 points higher on a 100-point scale than that of boys.This is mirrored at the college level, where women did better than men in lab sections, while men scored higher on exams, according to research from University of Michigan physicist Timothy McKay. The thinking is that women have trouble when they’re in situations, like taking high-stakes tests, where they have stereotypically not succeeded.

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The President of the Queensland Association of Special Education Leaders, Roselynne Anderson, has spoken to the QCT about the crucial nature of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) Standard 1.6.

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DeVry University | November 21, 2022

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