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ERIC Number: ED113007
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jun
Pages: 56
Abstractor: N/A
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An Investigation Into the Discrimination of Standardized Tests for Older Students.
Haywood, Elsie D.; Hoffman, Elise
In order to determine whether the use of standardized test scores as a criterion for admission was discriminatory toward applicants over 40 years of age, an investigation was made of 72 students enrolled in an associate degree nursing program at Alvin Junior College (Texas) during the fall 1974 term. The class was divided into three age groups--20-29, 30-39, and 40 or older--and four hypotheses were tested. (1) The American College Test scores proved to be significantly higher in the younger groups than in the older group. (2) The mean test scores on the National League for Nursing tests at the end of the course did not differ significantly among the age groups. (3) The final grades of the course were slightly higher in the 20-29 age group than in the older groups. However, the final grades of the older students were adversely affected because all the test grades for the course were averaged. Grades for the older groups generally improved as the course progressed. (4) Evaluations of clinical performance made by hospital instructors showed that older students were rated higher in performance, attitude, and attendance. Since older students make more progress and increase skill in test-taking after getting "back into training," the use of test scores as an entrance requirement would seem to be discriminatory. (Author/NHM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University