A Houston Reader Ponders Exit Exams For College—Predicts Charges Of Discrimination
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August 27, 2013, 04:25 AM
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From: George Weinbaum [e-mail him] 

Douglas Belkin at the WSJ reports in "Colleges Set To Offer Exit Tests", August 26, 2013, that

"Next spring, seniors at about 200 U.S. colleges will take a new test that could prove more important to their future than final exams: an SAT-like assessment that aims to cut through grade-point averages and judge students` real value to employers". ... Studies show that grade-point averages, or GPAs, have been rising steadily for decades, but employers feel many new graduates aren`t prepared for the workforce. ... Even students with top grades from good schools many not `be able to write well or make an argument.` ... The CLA+ is scored on the 1600-point scale used by the SAT".

Harrumph.  Haven`t we seen this before?  Will Griggs prevent use of the CLA+?  Is the Pope Catholic?  Can Obama (to quote Belkin) "make an argument"?  Will Caucasian college grads score 200-250 points higher on average on the CLA+ than Negro college grads? 

Stay tuned.

See previous letters from George Weinbaum.

James Fulford writes: The Griggs that Mr. Weinbaum refers to is Griggs v. Duke Power Co., a 1971 Supreme Court decisions that says that standards that have a “disparate impact” on minorities are ipso facto discriminatory. I’ve said—more than once—that:

"The message of Griggs and "disparate impact" theory: if minorities fail tests at a higher rate than whites, it`s the test that`s wrong."

Therefore all tests are always wrong, and employers can’t be allowed to find out which potential employees are the smartest—because the answer is never: Non-Asian Minorities.