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The Press. (Cortland, N.Y.) 1972-1990, September 11, 1987, Image 8

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By VIRGINlA MARTIN Editor in Chief·· tests sucn as the SAT, ORE . The second bUl sets up. a This difference· in average and -L~AT, according to study ~ co~mission to in- scores . possibly led to the Parker, The commission will vestigate all~gations of bias dramatic differe~ces in exan;tine whether various ob- Two education reform in standardized admissions genqer in state scholarship jective, statistical pr.ocedures bills passed in Congress over tests, she said.\ . awards, she said. now in use on some profes- the summer after the New The research, initiated by The New York State Board sional tests would be an ap- York Public Interest Blair Horner, .of NYPIRG, of Regents conducted a propriate way to ensure that Research ·Group· conducted revealed that of 1,000 win- follow up review of the admissions tests as fair as research showing bias in ners chosen on the basis of gender of scholarship win- possible, she said. scholarship awards in favor the .Scholastic ·Aptitude Test ners, Parker said. Its results The commission will then of men, said Jennifer Parker, and the American College confirmed NYPIRG's Em- report its ·findings and NYPIRG's project coor- Test scores, over 70 percent pire State results and also recommendations to the dinator. were male. Horner came up pointed out that 52 percent Legislature and the public, One bill is designed to end with this figure by counting of all students taking these she said. sex and racial discrimination the number of female win- tests were female, she added. The new scholarship law in the awarding of Regents ners and the number of male New York's Advisory will require New York's and Empire State Scholar- winners, Parker said .. An- Study Commission will in- education department to use ships wor~h up to $10,qooper W?men than for men, she vestigate allegations of bias high s~hool performance-, the student wmner, she sa.Jd. sat d. in standardized admissions best measure of high school achi~;yerh~nt, and .. test scqles · cQJ.U;l)in:ed ·to· determine awat.ds., ·Pa.-ker sa1d. Nationally, fe.males average 61 points lower than males on the SAT; 50 points on Math and ll points less on Verbal, Parker said. Freshmen college grades, which the SAT claims to predict, are higher f'or drogynous names were just thrown out, she said. According to the 18th An- nual R<eport of the National 1'\.ssociat.i<)[i fo Scholastic and Gratlt ~ Programs~ New York is the only state to allocate major scholarship programs in this way. Irart receives outside·pressure ------ By CLAUDE VAN who have remained neutral At th~ same time, pro- resolution. The trip could nian Presiden4 Ali ENGLAND in the war- Italy, Belgium, spects have brightened slight- take place as early as next Khamenei, reportedly warn- Christian Science Mcmitor and the Netherlands - have ly in the UN plish to bring week. ed Iran that any attack warned they may be forced about a cease-fire. The The heightened diplomatic against Kuwaiti offshore or to join the growing list of Security Council is holding pressure on Iran began BRUSSELS -· Arab and European countries are strongly pressuring Iran in hopes of preventing further escalation of the Iran-Iraq war at sea and a spill-over of fighting onto the Arab shore of the Gulf. countries sending naval ships consultations and is expected before Iraq resumed the on land oil installations to the region if Iran steps up to endorse ·a trip by the \tan~er war\ l~t weekend, would force Syria to action in Gulf waters. And Secretary-General to .Tehran but It has contmued. Most withdraw the political suo- Iran's key ally Syria has and Baghdad, though details European countries ar_e also threatened to revise its posi- remain to be worked out. urging Iraq to stop tts at- port it has been providing to tion if Tehran expands its at- Iran has signaled its will- tacks. the Islamic Reputllic since tacks to economic targets in ingness to 'talk specifically Syria, in a message the war began in September Western European nations Kuwait, Iraq's ally. about the UN cease-fire delivered last month to Ira- 1980. · M~: .. :. ··· ·N· -.- ··.· · ·r·· · ·E;\:·.·t·· ·-.' E.~.; · · ·. ·N·~ · .. · ··· · E·· · ' ' :} •,' ' :- . . 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