ERIC Number: ED077995
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Some Points of Confusion in Discussing the Testing of Black Students.
Flaugher, Ronald L.
Four confusing issues that have delayed progress toward an awareness that testing is not a source of unfairness for minority students are discussed: (1) the assumptions underlying most of our psychometric manipulations are often not acknowledged or understood; (2) the extent of the objectivity of psychometrics is frequently exaggerated; (3) the meaning of certain terms, particularly "validity" (largely because it has both a technical and common usage), is quite confused; and (4) the understanding of just what function the tests are serving shifts from one function to another, unnoticed by those concerned. (KM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Note: Paper prepared for a Symposium of the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (New Orleans, Louisiana, February 26, 1973)