ERIC Number: ED045265
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Effects on Test Score of Presenting Verbal Test Questions in an English-Spanish Format to a Predominantly Spanish-American Group; San Antonio, Texas, May 1968.
Maslow, Albert P.; Futransky, David L.
There is a continuing pressure on the U.S. Civil Service Commission to provide greater job opportunities for Spanish-surnamed persons. The commission has been urged to present recruiting literature, sample test material, and examination announcements in Spanish. This study investigated the effects of presenting verbal test material in an English-Spanish format to 307 postal clerk-carrier applicants in San Antonio, Texas. Sixty-two percent of the applicants indicated that they spoke Spanish at home or at work at least 25% of the time. Seventy-seven percent were high school graduates or had an equivalent education. The study indicated that, for persons educated in U.S. high schools, competence in written English is very likely to exceed or at least equal competence in written Spanish. The conclusions drawn from the investigation were (1) that providing bilingual test material for such groups is of little help and (2) that, in a few individual cases where the educational level is low and the commitment to Spanish is high, there is some improvement over an initially poor score. (EJ)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Civil Service Commission, Washington, DC. Bureau of Policies and Standards.