ERIC Number: ED035448
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Aug
Reference Count: 0
A Comparative Study of Three Forms of the Metropolitan Readiness Test at Two Socio-Economic Levels.
Glasnapp, Douglas R.
The Metropolitan Readiness tests, first published in 1948 (forms R and S), were revised in 1966 (forms A and B). This study was instigated as a result of the charge that the revisions of the tests made them more difficult and more unfair to deprived children. Thirty-six Caucasian beginning first graders (divided evenly by high and low socioeconomic status) were given three forms (S, A, and B) of the Metropolitan Readiness Test. The following spring, the children took Primary I Battery of the same test. The scores were converted to percentile ranks and analyzed. High SES children scored significantly higher than low SES children. The revised forms were equal in difficulty and harder than the old form. A significant practice effect was manifest with mean percentile rankings progressively increasing with each subsequent administration of the tests. There was no reliable support that the new forms discriminated against disadvantaged children more than did the old form. There was higher variability for the higher SES children, but the difference was significant only for the new forms. The new forms are predictive of maturity and limitations of ability for high SES children, but are questionable when applied to low SES children. Forms A and B are reliable over the total range of population, but not for a restricted subgroup population. (MH)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: George Peabody Coll. for Teachers, Nashville, TN. Inst. on School Learning and Individual Differences.
Identifiers: Metropolitan Readiness Tests