Race Used as Factor for Student Risk Algorithm
April 15, 2021 | Grantee News | Technology in the Public Interest
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An investigation from The Markup found major universities used race in algorithms that predict student risk and success and ultimately pushed Black students out of math and science. Originally intended to identify students who might need more support, the software implementation in more than 500 schools has in fact perpetuated disparities, especially for Black students. Because of the report, Texas A&M University has since stopped using risk scores for advisors and asked the vendor to remove race as a variable in their future algorithms.

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