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ERIC Number: ED043657
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-May
Pages: 17
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An Evaluation of Standardized Tests as Tools for the Measurement of Language Development.
Roberts, Elsa
Four tests--PPVT, ITPA, MRT, WPPSI--commonly used to measure language development in young children are evaluated by four criteria: (1) what development aspects do they claim to tap; (2) what do they actually tap; (3) what linguistic knowledge is presupposed; (4) what special problems face a non-standard English speaker. These tests are considered inappropriate because they fail to control question structure, to consider structures and operations the children may not have acquired, to account for dialectical differences, and to test adequately specific aspects of language acquisition. They do, however, measure the assimilation of a particular set of semantic associations and cultural values, and of a particular verbal style. It is suggested that linguistic factors be considered in all tests for young children. More research is necessary on the types of structures and operations acquired by age five and on the nature of cross-dialectal comprehension. Until the results of such research are available scores on standardized tests must be used and interpreted very carefully. (PR)
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Illinois Test of Psycholinguistic Abilities; Metropolitan Readiness Tests; Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test; Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence