ERIC Number: ED196584
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of Eliminating Time Restraints on a Standardized Test with American Indian Adults.
Immerman, Michael A.
To investigate the effect of time restraints on the diagnostic test scores of Native American students entering Bureau of Indian Affairs schools, two groups of students at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, were given the Stanford Diagnostic Reading Test, (Blue Level), 1977 edition. The test scores indicated that the experimental group, with no time restraints, scored higher than the control group, which was required to finish the test under the time restrictions imposed by the test's authors. Also, a smaller percentage of students in the experimental group was assigned to the remedial reading laboratory. Therefore, it was recommended that the Stanford Diagnostic Reading Test be given to SIPI students without the time limits suggested by the test's authors for the following reasons: (1) it would allow the SIPI students the additional time necessary for a second language speaker to interpret the question both in the specific Indian language and English; (2) it would minimize group testing which creates an aura of competition and is not encouraged in many Indian cultures; (3) it would allow an individual to be tested without constant monitoring by an instructor; (4) it would not emphasize "time stress" which is avoided in many Indian cultures; (5) it would remove the additional test anxiety created by time limits. (AN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Bureau of Indian Affairs; Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute NM; Stanford Diagnostic Reading Test