Anyone who shares the popular (in some circles) belief that the student bodies at all California colleges and universities, including the very selective Berkeley and UCLA, should fairly closely resemble the racial and ethnic make-up of the state should take a close look at this new report by the Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Policy of the California State University system (HatTip to the Chronicle of Higher Education news blog).
Among the findings in the report (all for 2005-06):
Share of 8th Graders At Or Above “Proficient” in Math:
Share Of 8th Graders At Or Above “Proficient” In Language Arts:
Percentage Of 11th-12th Graders Enrolled In Advanced Math:
Also relevant to admission to the selective campuses:
The percentage of high school seniors taking the SAT was 57% for Asian students, 33% for white students, 29% for black students and 21% for Latinos. The average total score was 1,063, 1,085, 869 and 899, respectively.
Or a similar finding: 414 of every 1,000 Asian high school seniors taking the SAT or ACT, 414 had a score of 1,000 or greater for the SAT or 21 or greater for the ACT. The comparable number for whites was 288; for Hispanics it was 79; and for blacks it was 94.
No one should be surprised that Asians are “overrepresented” among students in California colleges, especially the selective ones. It’s because they are “overrepresented” among the high achievers.