chapter  5
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Assessment: Measuring injustice or creating it?

Imagine a world where a group of people is continually placed at the bottom of the social pile; in schools, in the labour market, in housing. Imagine that this group is blamed for its own misfortune: its members are seen as lazy, their families ‘dysfunctional’; they’re just not smart enough. But what would happen if this group started to pass tests more frequently than the dominant group? Would its fortunes change? Or would the test itself change? What would happen if the test was altered and, once again, the group returned to its more familiar lowly status? Outrageous? Impossible? Think again.