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Source: The American Prospect
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1. Jencks, Christopher
Phillips, Meredith
America's Next Achievement Test: Closing the Black-White Test Score Gap
The American Prospect 9,40 (Sept-Oct 1998).
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: American Prospect, The
Keyword(s): Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB); Economics of Discrimination; Racial Differences; Test Scores/Test theory/IRT; Tests and Testing

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The test score gap between blacks and whites--on vocabulary, reading, and math tests, as well as on tests that claim to measure scholastic aptitude and intelligence--is large enough to have far-reaching social and economic consequences. Christopher Jencks and Meredith Phillips argue that eliminating the disparity would dramatically reduce economic and educational inequality between blacks and whites. While data from the 1970s indicated that reducing inequality in test scores would not significantly decrease the wage gap, data from the NLSY79, the "best recent data on test scores and earnings," has convinced the authors that raising black worker's test scores would improve earnings. Indeed, Jencks and Phillips believe that closing the gap would do more to promote racial equality than any other strategy now under serious discussion.
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Jencks, Christopher and Meredith Phillips. "America's Next Achievement Test: Closing the Black-White Test Score Gap." The American Prospect 9,40 (Sept-Oct 1998).