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ERIC Number: ED018219
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965-May
Pages: 22
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THE SOCIAL CONSEQUENCES OF PREDICTIVE TESTING IN EDUCATION. REVISED DRAFT.
GOSLIN, DAVID A.
AS PREDICTIVE TESTS HAVE BECOME MORE COMMON AND AS THEIR VALIDITY HAS INCREASED, RELEVANT QUESTIONS HAVE SHIFTED FROM WHETHER WE SHOULD TEST TO WHEN, HOW MUCH, OR WHY WE SHOULD TEST. A FIRST ISSUE IN THE SOCIAL EFFECTS OF PREDICTIVE TESTING IS THE RIGHT OF THE SOCIETY TO REQUIRE ITS MEMBERS TO REVEAL INFORMATION ABOUT THEMSELVES, EVEN THOUGH SUCH INFORMATION MAY LATER INFLUENCE DECISIONS AS TO OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO THEM. THIS QUESTION RELATES TO MATTERS OF PRIVACY AND THE NATURE OF NECESSARY INFORMATION. THE SECOND ISSUE CONCERNS THE RIGHT OF THE SUBJECT (OR HIS PARENT) TO KNOW WHAT INFORMATION THE SCHOOL HAS ABOUT HIM, AS WELL AS THE OBLIGATION OF THE SCHOOL TO FURNISH SUCH INFORMATION, EVEN WHEN IT HAS NOT BEEN REQUESTED. THE THIRD ISSUE IS THE RELATIONSHIP OF PREDICTIVE TESTING TO THE RISE OF A MERITOCRACY OR TO A POSSIBLE GRADUAL SORTING OUT OF A POPULATION ON THE BASIS OF INTELLIGENCE AND THE RESULTANT ESTABLISHMENT OF A RIGID CLASS SYSTEM. THIS PAPER WAS PRESENTED AT THE CONFERENCE ON MORAL DILEMMAS OF PUBLIC SCHOOLING (UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, MAY 12-14, 1965). (WO)
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