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Raising standards, GPAs, and race

The draft accreditation standards for schools of education call for higher average high school GPAs for teacher training programs, specifically that the average GPA should be 3.0 or better. Will raising this standard have a disparate impact on minority students? I think not.

Here’s a table I made from Baccalaureate and Beyond that breaks down high school GPA’s by race.

GPA above cutoff by raceNote that the majority of students from all groups already have GPAs above 3.0. So there’s not too much reason to be concerned that a GPA requirement will affect any group very much.

One caveat: These are national numbers. I don’t know if there are particular teacher training programs with a clientele centered on minority students with low GPAs.

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One Response to Raising standards, GPAs, and race

  1. GPAs are worthless, without a standardized test score to back them up. Majority minority schools (charter or urban comprehensive) produce transcripts with not even a passing resemblance to the reality of the education provided.

    If all ed schools do is require GPAs without an SAT/ACT score, it will just mean that teachers will be further pressured to give better grades to blacks and Hispanics. Meanwhile, whites and Asians with SAT/ACT scores a full standard deviation higher will be locked out because of an utterly moronic belief that GPAs have meanings.

    If you’re going to raise teacher “quality”–a foolish and probably misguided goal to begin with–then it’s got to be done with test scores, not grades.

    Not that any of this matters, because the blacks and Hispanics who are let in with low SAT scores will never be able to pass the credential tests.

    You really need to understand that ed school standards are ludicrously irrelevant. Right now, they require candidates to pass the credential test before being accepted. So long as that requirement doesn’t change, SAT scores and grades are meaningless.

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