ERIC Number: ED395939
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
A Comparison of Hispanic and White Non-Hispanic Students' Omit Patterns on the Scholastic Aptitude Test.
Rivera, Charlene; Schmitt, Alicia P.
Standardization methodology was used to analyze omitted responses of Hispanic examinees on the Scholastic Aptitude Test. Study or focal groups were 2,956 Mexican-Americans, 3,230 Puerto Ricans, and 278,009 White test-takers. Results indicate that both Mexican-Americans and Puerto Rican students omitted fewer items than White students of comparable ability but that Mexican-Americans tended to omit even less. Examination of items with the least differential omit rate by both Hispanic groups indicate that items with true cognates or words with a common root in English and Spanish were omitted differentially less. Some dependency on ability level was observed for the omit patterns of Puerto Rican examinees. (Contains 2 tables, 6 figures, and 18 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers: Omitted Responses; Scholastic Aptitude Test; Standardization
Note: Earlier version of a paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 1986).