ERIC Number: ED185053
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Review of Publications on Testing for Parents and the Public. National Consortium on Testing Staff Circular No. 5.
Three do-it-yourself intelligence test handbooks, five mini-textbooks, and five consumer protection guides are reviewed. Each type of publication reflects different social ideologies and communicates favorable, cautiously neutral, or critical messages, respectively, about testing. Psychologists Jules Leopold, Martin Lutterjohan, and Victor Serebriakoff describe their own intelligence tests in the do-it-yourself books. All share the premise that parents can test and raise their childrens' intelligence quotients. This premise violates professional standards advocating administration of such tests by qualified personnel. The authors, furthermore, do not fully explain the development, rationale and validation of their tests. The mini-textbooks, by the Educational Records Bureau, U.S. Office of Education, National School Public Relations Association, Association of American Publishers and Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, stress that standardized testing is important, but are vague as to why. There are no sample items in the mini-textbooks. The consumer protection guides stress that schools do not adequately explain test results to parents, who should have access to test content, in order for them to judge or to challenge tests. The most ambitious consumer guide is Charlotte Ryan's "The Testing Maze.", published by the National Parents Teachers Association. (CP)
Descriptors: Consumer Protection, Educational Testing, Elementary Secondary Education, Guides, Information Sources, Intelligence Tests, Parent Responsibility, Parents, Social Attitudes, Standardized Tests, Test Interpretation, Test Results, Testing Problems
National Consortium on Testing, P.O. Box 9521, Arlington, VA 22209 (Staff Circular #5, $3.00)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Huron Inst., Cambridge, MA.