Not to pick on Ohio, of course. The new study by Youngstown State professor, Dr. Randy Hoover, could be replicated in any state in the nation. The simple truth is that, regardless of the standardized test being used, the most reliable predictor of scores is family income. What surprises me most is that Dr. Hoover should be surprised--where has he been!
And what disappoints me most is the continued denial of state departments of education that economic privilege largely determines test scores. Do these numbnuts really believe that screening for cultural bias in test questions will change the advantage enjoyed by the advantaged? What will it take will expose the testing scam to those running it as the most reliable instrument for social sorting and continued oppression of the poor?
From the Dayton Daily News: