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Thursday, September 15, 2011

So all those grade school chants were true after all....

Steve Sailer put this chart into a post today about how Asians are pulling away from the other ethnic groups on the SATs:

From FairTest:

2011 College-Bound Seniors Avg SAT Scores

W/score changes from 2006







READING MATH WRITING TOTAL
ALL 497 (-6) 514 (-4) 489 (-8) 1500 (-18)
Female 495 (-7) 500 (-2) 496 (-6) 1491 (-15)
Male 500 (-5) 531 (-5) 482 (-9) 1513 (-19)
Asian 517 (+7) 595 (+17) 528 (+16) 1640 (+40)
White 528 (+1) 535 (-1) 516 (-3) 1579 (-3)
Black 428 (-6) 427 (-2) 417 (-11) 1272 (-19)
AmerIndian 484 (-3) 488 (-6) 465 (-9) 1437 (-18)
Mexican 451 (-3) 466 (+1) 445 (-7) 1362 (-9)
PR 452 (-7) 452 (-4) 442 (-6) 1346 (-17)
Other Hisp 451 (-7) 462 (-1) 444 (-6) 1357 (-14)

None of the racial gaps are particularly surprising; all are in line with pretty much every other test of mental ability ever devised. (And those differences have remained remarkably consistent over the decades, despite Head Start, affirmative action, etc.)

What I was struck by was the difference between males and females. I remember seeing similar charts from about thirty years ago in which boys and girls scored relatively evenly, with the boys enjoying a slight advantage on the math and the girls a similar advantage on the verbal. Not so anymore. And if it weren't for the writing portion of the test, which is relatively new, the gender gap would be even wider.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

John, I am equally surprised about the male/female stats. So the men have caught up with the women verbally, but the women are still lagging behind the men in math. I can't come up with any reason why -- any thoughts? Julie

John Craig said...

Julie --
Well, there is supposed to be about a three or four point IQ gap between men and women. Maybe that is finally finding expression here. I guess in the past it's always been counterbalanced by the fact that more boys are ADD, and boys tend to be less studious in general. Not sure why this difference is popping up now though.