The Stubborn Racial Gap in Scores on the SAT College Entrance Examination

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The College Board has released its annual report on the scores of graduating high school seniors in the Class of 2020 on the SAT college entrance examination. More than 261,000 African Americans in the Class of 2020 took the test, down only slightly from 2019. They made up 12 percent of the 2.2 million test takers in the Class of 2020. Four years ago The College Board “redesigned” the SAT and therefore it claims that current scores cannot be compared to those from the past. Scores on the redesigned test are significantly higher than those from previous years. Each of the two sections of the SAT is scored on a scale of 200 to 800 points. This year African Americans had a mean score of 473 on the reading test, down three points from a year ago. This was 84 points lower than the mean score for Whites. On the mathematics section, African Americans scored an average of 454, again down three points from 2019. This was 93 points lower than the mean score for Whites. Thus, on the combined test, Blacks had a mean score of 927 and Whites had a mean score of 1104. Although the redesigned SAT...

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