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Research: Media Getting SAT Story Wrong (& Who Funded It, Anyway?)

According to Paul Bruno, the NPR and PBS coverage of the Bates College SAT study has gotten it wrong:  

"You wouldn't know from reading this headline - or even from the story, really - that the study actually finds that SAT scores have predictive power (over and above high school GPA alone) when it comes to success in college. Even the study authors seem to be trying too hard to avoid this conclusion, but it's right there in their data tables."

I've asked Bill Hiss if this is accurate or not and will let you know his response.  

Meantime, as I noted yesterday, the study was peer reviewed, according to Hiss, but its funding source has not been revealed.  It's a private foundation that wishes to remain anonymous.  


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Part of the confusion - as far as I can tell, and maybe I'm mistaken - is that they *do* find a surprising lack of difference between the success rates of students who do and do not submit SAT scores. That's an interesting finding, and one with implications for admissions criteria, but it doesn't actually preclude the possibility that the SAT is still predictive and their results seem to suggest that it is (unless I'm misunderstanding something). That's a nuance that some people seem to be missing here.

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