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ERIC Number: ED073131
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 7
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The Problem of the Match and Mis-Match in Testing Black Children.
Williams, Robert L.
Ability tests in use today and the educational programs of the schools are examined from a Black perspective. It is stated that it is incumbent upon educators to develop appropriate learning experiences in the classroom which relate to the Black child's background experiences. The following issues are raised: (1) I.Q. tests (predictor variables) are biased in favor of white children and against Black children, (2) educational programs (criterion variables) are biased against Black children, (3) the structural similarity and content of items in educational program and ability tests are near isomorphic or point to point, (4) statistical prediction is based on the relationship observed between predictor variables (ability tests) and criterion variables (scholastic performance). Correlational statistics involves the relationship between two variables only--the better the match between the two variables, the higher the correlation and the better the predictive power is likely to be; when the match between the two variables is poor, the correlation and predictive power are also poor. It is stated to be a well-known fact that ability tests, i.e., predictor variables, are biased in favor of native-born white American children. It is contended that the school system has served as a biased criterion and is related to the biased predictor. Using test bias as moderators for both predictor and criterion variables, the fallacies of previous studies involving Black children are pointed out. (DB)
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