Imagine the SAT’s were cancelled and you were given a score based on past grades and a computer algorithm. Then imagine your future depended on it. No wonder the UK is up in arms about the A-levels. ⁦
This is very unfair, and I think it reflects a broader point: It can be unfair to reward or punish people on the basis of predictions that use information about what other people, who are similar in certain respects, have done.
The debacle unfolding around college admissions in the UK is a case study in why widespread use of statistical models for high-stakes decisions is a bad idea. Joins other prominent examples in criminal justice, lending, and medicine