Study Finds Race Is Growing Explanatory Factor For SAT Scores In California
Large and growing gaps in SAT scores, by race and ethnicity, are nothing new. The College Board and educators alike have acknowledged these gaps and offered a variety of explanations, with a focus on the gaps in family income (on average) and the resources at high schools that many minority students attend.
And indeed there is also a consistent pattern year after year on SAT scores in that the higher the family income, on average, the higher the scores. But a new, long-term analysis of SAT scores has found that, among applicants to the University of California’s campuses, race and ethnicity have become stronger predictors of SAT scores than family income and parental education levels.