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An Analysis of Types of Errors in the Selection of Minority College Students

Roy D. Goldman and Mel H. Widawski
Journal of Educational Measurement
Vol. 13, No. 3 (Autumn, 1976), pp. 185-200
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1433733
Page Count: 16
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An Analysis of Types of Errors in the Selection of Minority College Students
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Abstract

This investigation projected the selection errors which would result from the use of the SAT to select Black and Mexican-American college students. By using the regressions of grade point average (GPA) on high school grade point average (HSGPA) and HSGPA plus Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores, it was possible to project accept-reject/succeed-fail matrices for Black and Mexican-American students at four large universities. Overall, these groups scored considerably lower on the SAT than on either HSGPA or GPA. The addition of SAT did not improve, or only slightly improved, the validity of HSGPA as a predictor of GPA. Thus, the use of the SAT produced only minimal improvements in selection accuracy. However, these minimal improvements were achieved by decreasing false-positive selection errors while increasing false-negative ones. The net result was the admissibility of fewer minority students. The necessity of evaluating the costs of the different selection outcomes was discussed along with a possible explanation for weak GPA prediction. The problem of restriction of range as a factor in the attenuation of SAT validity was also discussed.

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