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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? … Continue reading

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  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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Are ed schools easy graders?

For a while now folks have been saying that ed schools are easy graders. Most of the evidence has come from looking at particular schools. But are ed schools as a whole easy graders?….Yeah, they are. I’ve put together a … Continue reading

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Teacher selectivity and college GPA

A couple of weeks back I looked at the statistical relationship between SAT scores and the probability that an education major ends up teaching the year after graduation (based on a logit I ran using the Baccalaureate and Beyond data). … Continue reading

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More on education majors and GPAs

I’ve put together a few more numbers on GPAs by major. There’s a meme that education majors are academically weak students. And there’s another meme that education schools are quite soft graders. So I’ve looked at both college GPA and … Continue reading

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New accreditation standards and GPA

Let’s continue last week’s discussion of the exciting new draft accreditation standards for teacher ed programs by looking at the effect of the GPA admission standard. (Thanks to my friends at NCTQ for a nudge on this one.) Nearly as … Continue reading

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  1. Sherman Dorn says:

    I suspect a number of colleges will use college GPA rather than high school GPA, for a number of reasons, among which are the ability to pass the gen-ed requirements with some margin over “skin of teeth.” Using college GPA would allow reasonable assessment of older students who come back to college or transfer from community colleges. For these students, high school grades and SATs are not going to be nearly as useful a threshold as performance in recently-completed college classes.

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