In 2003, the Harvard Educational Review published a controversial article by Roy Freedle that claimed bias against African American students in the SAT college admissions test. Freedle's work stimulated national media attention and faced an onslaught of criticism from experts at the Educational Testing Service (ETS), the agency responsible for the development of the SAT. In this article, Maria Veronica Santelices and Mark Wilson take the debate one step further with new research exploring differential item functioning in the SAT. By replicating Freedle's methodology with a more recent SAT dataset and by addressing some of the technical criticisms from ETS, Santelices and Wilson confirm that SAT items do function differently for the African American and White subgroups in the verbal test and argue that the testing industry has an obligation to study this phenomenon.
Unfair Treatment? The Case of Freedle, the SAT, and the Standardization Approach to Differential Item Functioning
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Maria Veronica Santelices, Mark Wilson; Unfair Treatment? The Case of Freedle, the SAT, and the Standardization Approach to Differential Item Functioning. Harvard Educational Review 1 April 2010; 80 (1): 106–134. doi: https://doi.org/10.17763/haer.80.1.j94675w001329270
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