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The Impending Loss of Talent: An Exploratory Study Challenging Assumptions About Testing and Merit


by Daryl G Smith & Gwen Garrison — 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.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 4, 2005, p. 629-653
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11815, Date Accessed: 4/20/2018 12:36:07 AM

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  • Daryl Smith
    Claremont Graduate University
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    DARYL G. SMITH is Professor of Education and Psychology at The Claremont Graduate University. Her research interests focus primarily on issues of diversity in higher education and institutional change. She has written on the educational benefits of diversity, hiring issues for diverse faculty, and strategic evaluation.
  • Gwen Garrison
    Association of American Medical Colleges
    GWEN GARRISON is the Director of Student and Applicant Studies at the Association of American Medical Colleges. Her research interests include the benefits of diversity, institutional impact, and educational policy.
 
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