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ERIC Number: ED044425
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Sep
Pages: 8
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Prediction and Guidance.
Shimberg, Benjamin
Problems in the application and misapplication of test scores are discussed. Tests have been used to achieve optimum use of resources rather than optimum development of the individual. Or, they have been used to predict a child's achievement rather than to identify his learning difficulties. This latter use would indicate when and where intervention in the child's educational experience might be successful in changing his predicted score. Predicted scores can also be changed by training individuals to take tests successfully. The use of test scores to measure abilities relevant to the skills required for a given occupation is considered. Finally, numerous suggestions are made which would aid counselors in fulfilling their responsibilities. These include providing the individual with information concerning agencies and organizations which could help him improve in areas where deficient, and with adequate and comprehensible data aiding him to make decisions that are correct for him, based on his values and goals and not merely on test scores and resulting predictions. The recent growth of vocational technical institutions provides an alternative to the pressures for conformity that result in so many students attending four-year colleges when they would prefer some other type of education. (PR)
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