Testing: The dilemma of group differences

Arthur R. Jensen
2000 Psychology, public policy and law  
A revival of test bashing has followed the growing public disillusionment with racial preferences as a means for abrogating the adverse impact of tests on certain groups in educational and occupational selection. This, added to the racial differences in g and the slight and ephemeral effects of Head Start and other more intensive interventions aimed at decreasing racial group differences in scholastic achievement, is the dilemma of group differences. In the face of the apparent failure of equal
more » ... nt failure of equal educational opportunity to make all groups in American society equal in scholastic performance or in the test scores used in selection for higher education, jobs, and the Armed Forces, psychological tests are again being blamed and scorned. This could be averted in the public's perception by emphasizing tests' face validity in test construction without lessening the latent traits that account for the tests' validity.
doi:10.1037/1076-8971.6.1.121 fatcat:rawbvzdsgncgdavg2xis5xdaia