ERIC Number: ED121895
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Mar-27
Reference Count: 0
Myths About Testing and Inner City Children.
Temp, George E.
Faced with a frustrating lack of ability to solve the problem of providing educational opportunities for inner city children, many have turned, in frustration and despair, to the creation of myths about the whole enterprise, including achievement testing. Three myths about educational achievement testing and inner city children that are addressed are: (a) the myth that test results ought to be taken very seriously; (b) the myth that abolishing or reducing testing will cause the educational deficits of inner city children to disappear; and (c) the myth that inner city children will never do as well as other children on nationally normed tests. The third myth is a prime example of the new racist outlook developing and spreading across this country. Among the groups that endorse the myth that inner city children will not be able to do well on standardized tests as a group are some blacks and other minorities who call for less emphasis on regular academic achievement and more emphasis on sub-culture knowledge which has little or no importance in a wider world. Among the conclusions made are the following: that test scores do not create ignorance but they reveal it; that ignorance is the problem and not the method of revealing it; and, that abolishing a method of revealing ignorance will not eliminate ignorance. Finally, inner city children will be able to do well in standardized tests as soon as they are given the knowledge and skills necessary. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Urban Life Institute Meeting (Atlanta, Georgia, March 27, 1976)