Asian Supremacy

The more we get lectured about White Supremacy, the even less supreme whites get, both quantitatively and qualitatively. Is this merely because whites are losing power demographically and thus it’s ever more risk-free to insult them? Or is it also that white performance is being depressed by all the libels?

For example, one of the most striking but least mentioned stories of the 21st century has been that Asian-Americans have been pulling away from whites on a variety of measures. But Asians are the great unmentionable during the Black Lives Matter mania, because they don’t fit into the fashionable narratives of White Privilege and Systemic Racism. Conceived in Liberty V... Murray N. Rothbard Best Price: $35.13 Buy New $29.95 (as of 08:10 EST - Details)

The College Board recently released the average SAT college admission test scores for high school seniors in 2019–2020.

The results don’t fit in with the usual journalistic portrayal of whites as effortlessly dominant both in numbers and in rankings.

Whites are down to only 41 percent of high school seniors taking the SAT.

Even more strikingly, the gap between the mean scores of Asians and whites has grown from only 6 points in 2000 to 113 in 2020. The standard deviation is around 210. So the median Asian in 2020 would score about the 70th percentile among whites.

Here is the graph by The Unsilenced Science:

As you’ll note, this graph is a rare one in using colors that are easy to remember for the different races.

I don’t know how well you can compare scores over time; the SAT is modified fairly frequently. This graph is supposed to be adjusted for changes in scoring, such as the big inflation of verbal scores in 1995, but who knows how precisely that can be done? Still, comparing groups at any single point in time is reasonable. A History of Money and... Rothbard, Murray N. Best Price: $5.53 Buy New $42.06 (as of 08:00 EST - Details)

How do SAT scores work?

The SAT, one of the U.S.’s two college admissions tests (along with the ACT), is usually scored on a 400- to 1600-point scale. The original goal in the mid–20th century was to make the average score 1000, with a standard deviation of 200, so that a 1200 is one standard deviation above normal (84th percentile), 1400 is two (98th percentile), and a perfect 1600 is three (99th+ percentile).

But that original mean of 1000 was based on a study of New England prep schools, which had wealthy student bodies and were good at teaching verbal skills. So a 1000 back in Holden Caulfield’s day was roughly equivalent to 1150 today. Average scores declined in the 1960s–1970s as less select students took the SAT and as students (and teachers) smoked more dope. But the 1980s and 1990s saw a modest rally in performance, followed by a drift downward in the 2000s as more Hispanics and blacks took the test, followed by a sharp fall in recent years among all groups other than Asians.

In 2020, the overall mean is 1051, the lowest average score in the eight decades of SAT testing. But the expansion of testing in recent years makes the fall in the average somewhat less worrisome.

Asian SAT scores have increased fairly steadily since about 1980, with one sharp drop in 2017 when the College Board introduced a revamped SAT. But then, unlike everybody else, Asians rebounded vigorously in 2018, perhaps owing to test-prep consultants cracking the code of how to beat the new SAT on their second try.

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