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Re: Gender Impact of High-Stakes Tests



Bob,

The California Department of Ed reports statistics by gender for all the SAT
9 tests. The website is http://207.87.22.181/star/ for gender information.
Of course the scores are not side by side but they are at least reported. I
just took a quick scan of the 2000 data and seems as though girls score
better in language and reading and almost as well (in some years even
better) than boys in math.

Hope this helps

Karen

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[mailto:ARN-L@LISTS.CUA.EDU]On Behalf Of Bob Schaeffer
Sent: Tuesday, January 09, 2001 6:10 PM
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Subject: Gender Impact of High-Stakes Tests


We've seen a lot of data about the ugly racial impacts of
state-mandated tests used for high school graduation and grade
promotion, but little about any potential gender skews.
Do any of you have data on differential pass rates between boys and
girls on your state tests? What about when scores on state tests are
used to award "merit" scholarships? Has your state cross-tabbed the
numbers by race and gender (eg African American females, Latino males,
etc.)
Please post any information you might have -- if you want to pursue
the issue in depth, contact me directly rather than clogging this list
with details.

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing

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