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ERIC Number: ED078316
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Feb
Pages: 9
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Testing and Equality: The Great Divorce?
Lennon, Roger T.
The paper examines the issue of whether the concepts and practices of standardized testing, on the one hand, and the pursuit and attainment of equal opportunity, on the other, are compatible. The author cites a number of areas where tension and conflict have centered; however, he feels that there is no necessary incompatibility between the assessment of human talents and the pursuit of both equality and excellence. A number of suggestions are discussed which might help to ameliorate some of the problems of testing of minority groups: 1) keep the discussion at a rational, rather than inflammatory, level; 2) explore new instrument development to more accurately capture the magnitude and variety of abilities of minorities; 3) expand training in the administration and interpretation of present tests with minority examinees; 4) adopt more systematic procedures for review and analysis of tests; 5) cross-check and verify test scores against other signs of talent; and 6) use tests humanely. (Author/SES)
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Note: Paper presented at the California Personnel and Guidance Association convention in Los Angeles, California on February 19-21, 1972