ERIC Number: ED209831
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Nondiscriminatory Assessment and the System of Multicultural Pluralistic Assessment (SOMPA).
Fiscus, Edward D.; And Others
The paper describes the System of Multicultural Pluralistic Assessment (SOMPA), a method of meeting the nondiscriminatory assessment requirements of P.L. 94-142 (the Education for All Handicapped Children Act). The need for nondiscriminatory assessment and types of nondiscriminatory tests (such as culture fair, culture specific, and Piagetian tasks) are briefly described. Basic purposes of SOMPA (such as reducing stigmatization and fostering multicultural education) are noted as are SOMPA assumptions (such as the equivalent value of all cultures). SOMPA is described as being composed of three assessment models: (1) the medical model which attempts to screen for biological anomalies and includes measures of physical dexterity, vision/auditory acuity, and health history; (2) the social systems model which evaluates whether the child is meeting social norms of his/her own group and includes such measures as the Adaptive Behavior Inventory for Children with scoring based on cultural group norms; and (3) the pluralistic model which determines learning potential and uses the Social Cultural Scales and the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Revised with scores interpreted using social-cultural norms. The assessment procedure and suggested division of labor on assessment teams are outlined. The text of federal regulations pertaining to nondiscriminatory assessment is provided. The paper concludes with consideration of conceptual and statistical criticisms of SOMPA including the large numbers of students declassified as handicapped when it is used and problems of determining predictive validity. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: System of Multicultural Pluralistic Assessment
Note: Paper presented at The Council for Exceptional Children Conference on The Exceptional Black Child (New Orleans, LA, February 15-17, 1981, Session T-1).