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Fair game? : the use of standardized admissions tests in higher education
Zwick, Rebecca.
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New York : RoutledgeFalmer, 2002.
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x, 228 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Despite the onslaught of editorials and articles on the subject of standardized admissions tests, few people outside the rarefied world of psychometrics-the statistical analysis of test scores-know about the procedures used to develop, score, and evaluate these tests. Rebecca Zwick demystifies these procedures to present a common-sense view of the politics of education. Highly informed and convincingly argued,Fair Game? connects the mechanics of assessment to broader issues raised by test critics and supporters alike.
Do accusations of race- and gender-based test discrimination hold up to the statistics? Do tests favor those who can afford expensive preparatory programs? Can tests reliably measure our nation's educational achievement? Zwick slices through the incendiary rhetoric that surrounds these controversial questions, and offers solid and straightforward recommendations for more equitable educational policy.

Author Notes

A former researcher at Educational Testing Service (ETS), Rebecca Zwick is now Professor of Education at the University of California at Santa Barbara

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Chapter 1 Today's Standardized Admissions Tests: How Did They Come to Be?p. 1
Chapter 2 The Big Picture: How Are Standardized Tests Used in Admissions Decisions?p. 31
Chapter 3 Conventional and Computerized Admissions Tests: How Are They Developed and Scored?p. 57
Chapter 4 Test Validity: How Well Do Admissions Tests Measure Academic Skills and Predict Achievement?p. 79
Chapter 5 Are Standardized Admissions Tests Fair to People of Color?p. 109
Chapter 6 Are Standardized Admissions Tests Fair to Women?p. 143
Chapter 7 Gaming the Tests: How Do Coaching and Cheating Affect Test Performance?p. 159
Chapter 8 New Directions for Admissions Testing: What Does the Future Hold?p. 179
Notesp. 191
Bibliographyp. 205
Author Indexp. 221
Subject Indexp. 223