The overlapping IQ distributions by race above demonstrate the simple stratification of normal distributions which appears repeatedly, when such comparisons are made. As we will see below, the same type of group stratification appears when evaluating standard testing academic assessment scores. We will return to the significance of this phenomenon in a few paragraphs.
The College Board—the standardized testing behemoth that develops and administers the SAT and other tests—has redesigned its flagship product again. Beginning in spring 2016, the writing section will be optional, the reading section will no longer test “obscure” vocabulary words, and the math section will put more emphasis on solving problems with real-world relevance. Overall, as the College Board explains on its website, “The redesigned SAT will more closely reflect the real work of college and career, where a flexible command of evidence—whether found in text or graphic [sic]—is more important than ever.” Source
The SAT test — like IQ tests and other standard testing regimes (ACT, PISA etc) — reveals group differences in aptitude and school achievement. Needless to say, this is a controversial topic. Many spokespersons for academia argue against standard testing for college admissions and for evaluating school achievement, in order to keep such information out of the public eye.
Image: Steve Sailer Note: Ethnic gaps are actually larger than in graph above, due to high dropout rates of blacks and “hispanics” according to Sailer
The US SAT college aptitude test is being changed in an attempt to make the test more “accessible” and more internationally competitive. But it is likely that the new test will generate results that are just as “politically incorrect” as previous versions of the test.
The SAT does predict success in college—not perfectly, but relatively well, especially given that it takes just a few hours to administer. And, unlike a “complex portrait” of a student’s life, it can be scored in an objective way. … In a study published in Psychological Science, University of Minnesota researchers Paul Sackett, Nathan Kuncel, and their colleagues investigated the relationship between SAT scores and college grades in a very large sample: nearly 150,000 students from 110 colleges and universities. SAT scores predicted first-year college GPA about as well as high school grades did, and the best prediction was achieved by considering both factors….
Furthermore, contrary to popular belief, it’s not just first-year college GPA that SAT scores predict. In a four-year study that started with nearly 3,000 college students, a team of Michigan State University researchers led by Neal Schmitt found that test score (SAT or ACT—whichever the student took) correlated strongly with cumulative GPA at the end of the fourth year. If the students were ranked on both their test scores and cumulative GPAs, those who had test scores in the top half (above the 50th percentile, or median) would have had a roughly two-thirds chance of having a cumulative GPA in the top half. By contrast, students with bottom-half SAT scores would be only one-third likely to make it to the top half in GPA.
Test scores also predicted whether the students graduated: A student who scored in the 95th percentile on the SAT or ACT was about 60 percent more likely to graduate than a student who scored in the 50th percentile. Similarly impressive evidence supports the validity of the SAT’s graduate school counterparts: the Graduate Record Examinations, the Law School Admissions Test, and the Graduate Management Admission Test. A 2007 Science article summed up the evidence succinctly: “Standardized admissions tests have positive and useful relationships with subsequent student accomplishments.”
SAT scores even predict success beyond the college years. For more than two decades, Vanderbilt University researchers David Lubinski, Camilla Benbow, and their colleagues have tracked the accomplishments of people who, as part of a youth talent search, scored in the top 1 percent on the SAT by age 13. Remarkably, even within this group of gifted students, higher scorers were not only more likely to earn advanced degrees but also more likely to succeed outside of academia. _Slate Health and Science
Interestingly, academic test scores such as the SAT correlate well with IQ scores or “g”:
Keeping the U.S. globally competitive turns out to depend less upon our endlessly-discussed need to “fix the schools “and more upon the need to “fix the demographic trends”.
But this topic currently unmentionable in public debate and, for many in public life, literally unthinkable.
It might even lead to Americans doing something about immigration policy. _ Steve Sailer
And that is certainly the bottom line to the discussion — and the reason why the skankstream in government, media, and academia doesn’t want the public to look at this issue too closely.
A society is limited by the quality of its underlying human substrate — its human capital. If a society allows its human capital to decay — as in dysgenic decline — its future will depend upon the influence of steadily shrinking “smart fraction” and on market dominant minority groups — such as Lebanese and East Indians in Idi Amin’s Uganda, Chinese in Malaysia, whites in South Africa, etc. The “smart fraction” and high IQ minorities are able to keep a dysgenic society’s head above water up to a certain critical point of decay.
Unfortunately, for most western nations, natural dysgenic decline plus the dominant ideology of liberal egalitarianism have combined to create dysfunctional immigration policies that are approaching a point of no return.
And on top of all of that, the educational systems are being dumbed down in an attempt to comply with the dominant societal egalitarianism — to cover up intrinsic differences in genetic aptitude between population groups.
Results of academic testing can be used as indicators, and time trends in test scores can be used to predict future demographic trends — as long as you watch for changes in test design, test participation, and selective censorship of testing results.
This constellation of decline is only partially reversible, and only in particular geographic regions. For those regions which are being overrun by violent, low IQ populations, concerned persons will need to form competent, resilient communities with an eye toward the future — rather than merely being concerned with preserving past and present assets and accomplishments.
It is never too late to have a dangerous childhood.