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ERIC Number: ED262090
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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The Use of Nonverbal and/or Culture Fair Tests for Assessment of Academic Learning Ability.
Boyd, Herbert F.
The Non-Verbal Test of Cognitive Skills (NTCS), by Boyd and Johnson, attempts to address the problems of non-verbal and culturally biased testing instruments in three directions: (1) Test items should be developed which cannot be linked to a specific culture or environmental source as previous learning; (2) Assumed language facility should be minimized through non-verbal demonstrations (pantomime); and (3) Items which are capable of holding or getting the attention and interest of non-verbal or language disadvantaged children should be utilized. Designed as a performance puzzle, the test measures potential school learning without using verbal language. Items are completed for a downward extension to year two and an upward extension to age eighteen. In a sample of 849 children in grades K through 6 the correlation of the NTCS with achievement tests (California Test of Basic Skills, Metropolitan Reading Test, Stanford Achievement and Iowa Test of Basic Skills) ranged from .41 to .68. (PN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Nonverbal Stimuli