Faculty Advisor

Wilkes, John M.


The relationship ethnicity and socio-economic status with SAT scores is politically controversial. This study examines those relationships by adding a parent's occupational prestige and parent's educational variable set to about a third of the cases in an existing data set of 3000 Worcester high school students that included their learning styles and their high school programs as well as ethnic codes. The SES-SAT relationship proved not to be very strong in Worcester, but race and ethnicity were strong predictors of SAT scores. Hence, race differences cannot be explained in terms of SES, but SES can largely be explained in terms of the level of challenge in the high school program of studies taken by the student.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2002

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies