Biased Testing

8 April 2011 at 1:54 pm 2 comments

| Lasse Lien |

The Onion asks whether tests are biased against students who don’t give a sh…. — and whether in fact the whole education system is catering to those who don’t think education is a boring waste of time.

Now that I think of it I have on several occasions noted that lazy, uninterested students tend to do systematically worse on my tests. So I am part of this unreasonable and unjust system, and I expect many O&M readers are too.

I think we should all reflect on this over the weekend.

Thanks to Eirik S. Knudsen for the pointer.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Milton Recht  |  8 April 2011 at 4:16 pm

    See, “Identification Problems in Personality Psychology” by
    Lex Borghans, Bart H.H. Golsteyn, James J. Heckman, John Eric Humphries, March 2011.

    http://www.nber.org/papers/w16917

    From abstract: “substantial portions of the variance in achievement test scores and grades, which are often used as measures of cognition, are explained by personality variables.”

  • 2. Roundup 9 April at Catallaxy Files  |  8 April 2011 at 6:49 pm

    [...] More Discrimination in Higher Education. [...]

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