Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Virginia Beach agrees to change the way it scores police math exams

The Virginian-Pilot reported Virginia Beach agrees to change the way it scores police math exams....

What are they going to do? Allow an answer of 3, 4, or 5 to the question "What is 2+2"?
The Justice Department claimed that the test’s pass-fail system had a disproportionate effect on minorities because the passing rates for blacks and Hispanics were less than 80 percent of the passing rate for whites.
It would seem that the proper solution is to tell the schools to stop wasting time trying to brainwash people into thinking like liberals, and teach them some actual math (along with being able to read and write)
From 2002 to mid-2005, about 85 percent of white applicants passed the math exam, compared with 59 percent of blacks and 66 percent of Hispanics.
Could the blacks and Hispanics do the necessary calculations to come up with the percentages?
Under the old standard, Virginia Beach required all recruits to score 70 percent on each of three written tests for reading comprehension, grammar and spelling, and math.
When I went to school, a grade of 70 was a C Minus (just barely above a D)
The Justice Department questioned whether math is relevant to the daily duties of a police officer.
If it is not, why test them on it at all? But if it is important, then why not require them to know it?
The city agreed to eliminate the 70 percent cutoff score for the math part of the test.

Under the new standard, an applicant must score at least 70 percent on the reading and grammar parts of the test and score an average of at least 60 percent on all three parts of the exam. The new scoring method will take effect as soon as next week, when the next exam will be administered.

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