ERIC Number: ED044438
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Changing World of Mental Measurement and Its Social Significance.
Holtzman, Wayne H.
Prior to the late fifties test usage enjoyed a degree of acceptance which diminished as test impartiality was increasingly questioned. Criticisms of testing are delineated, including the discrimination implicit in normative testing itself and the application of resulting test scores. This criticism of measurement techniques has directed attention to other inequities in the educational system. Thus, the emergence of new educational techniques and related measurement techniques is a major force in educational reform, resulting in such innovations as new instructional techniques and curricula. Another important departure from standarized normative measures grows out of the increased concern for developing a national system of social indicators. One of the most significant changes in the field of mental measurement in recent years is a recognition of social, cultural, and linguistic variability. In conclusion, it is noted that the electronic computer is necessary to the implementation of most of the new developments in measurement. A bibliography is included. (Author/PR) Aspect of National Assessment (NAEP) dealt with in this document: Procedures (Theoretical).
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Identifiers: National Assessment of Educational Progress
Note: Presidential Address (Division 5) at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Miami Beach, Florida, September 1970