Test wins in federal court
Here’s some interesting HBD-related news. A judge who previously said that teacher exams were unlawful because they caused disparate impact on minority job applicants, finally approved the current test even though the test still probably has just as much disparate impact.
[T]his time, Judge Wood ruled that the state and Pearson, the testing company that helped devise the exam, had done a proper job of making sure that the “content of the ALST is representative of the content of a New York State public-school teacher’s job.”
A reminder that objective testing is NOT illegal as long as the content of test is properly related to the job.
The late U.C. Berkeley professor Arthur Jensen would have argued that all of these tests partially measure g, and that blacks, on average, will always do poorly on them compared to whites because the average black IQ is one-standard-deviation lower than the average white IQ. At least that’s what Jensen said, although there are people who no doubt consider him to be a racist for saying that.
It has been my observation that reading, writing, and literacy skills are highly “g-loaded,” to use the lingo of Arthur Jensen. Despite MASSIVE efforts to close the racial gap on tests of reading comprehension given to school children since the No Child Left Behind law was enacted, the gap still persists. Evidence that Jensen was right.