ERIC Number: ED022526
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of WISC and OSA in Assessing the Intelligence of Immigrant Children of Non-English Speaking Background. A Pilot Project.
Toronto Board of Education (Ontario). Research Dept.
Twenty-five English speaking and twenty-five non-English speaking Canadian children equated on sex and chronological age were given the Ontario School Ability (OSA) test and the performance section of the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC). The pilot study was conducted to compare the ability of the two tests to assess the intelligence level of English speaking and non-English speaking children. The Ontario test had been developed originally to decide the eligibility of candidates for admission to the Ontario School for Deaf. Both groups scored higher on the OSA than on WISC. Results showed that the two tests do not tap the same areas of intelligence; therefore, scores on these tests should not be used interchangeably. The age and background of each child should be taken into consideration along with test results. Because results of this pilot study were inconclusive, additional research with a larger group of children is recommended. (MS)
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Authoring Institution: Toronto Board of Education (Ontario). Research Dept.
Identifiers: Ontario School Ability; Wechsler Intelligence Scale For Children