Education and Didactics


The Sum of Pears and Apples: Analysis of College Admissions Tests

Authors: Jorge Mahecha

The rankings of all kinds are in vogue. They are backed up by the belief that human activity is likely to be measured, each and every institution must advance continuously to improve its position in the ranking. Education and research are some of the activities most affected by the pressure of classification. MIDE of Ministry of Education Colombia; the classification of research groups and researchers by Colciencias; rankings of journals, articles and books; tests Saber, Saber Pro in Colombia; entrance exams to universities; accreditation of "high quality", qualified registration, curriculum changes, Quality Assurance system... Internationally: The Shanghai rankings type of universities, those of "Impact" of scientific journals, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), The Graduate Record Examination (GRE), PISA Testing, etc. They assume that the intellect can be "measured," standardized, branded with basis with a unique number that is obtained by "Summing Pears and Apples." Then the number is used to classify "by descending order of quality" whole institutions, academic programs, research groups and individuals. In this text we discuss the technical impossibility of such pretension, emphasizing the development of a ranking to choose people who deserve to enter the University of Antioquia and discard those who do not deserve it. Seeks to answer the following questions: (1) The system allows an accurate ranking of the candidates, based on the scores? (2) Does the system is accomplished by establishing a solid border between the scores of the admitted and the unsupported? (3) Do the alleged measurements of the intellectual abilities are the only measurements that escape protocols of the science of measurements?

Comments: 21 Pages. In Spanish

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[v1] 2016-03-25 18:00:51
[v2] 2016-03-26 17:03:53

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