ERIC Number: ED127532
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Recent Developments in Test Bias Research. University of Maryland Cultural Study Center Research Report No. 2-76.
Sedlacek, William E.
Three types of test bias are discussed: content bias, atmosphere bias, and use bias. While much concern has been expressed about the content of tests or the atmosphere in which they are given, it is more important to focus on how tests are used in making decisions about people. Four models of test use are defined: regression model, constant ratio model, conditional probability model, and the equal probability model. The writer feels that, rather than asking if tests are biased, one should ask if the society is biased, since tests are always employed in a cultural context. The answer to eliminating test bias is to eliminate racism and sexism in society. A six-stage model to eliminate racism and sexism is presented: (1) Cultural, Racial and Sexual Differences; (2) How Racism Operates; (3) Examining Racial and Sexual Attitudes; (4) Sources of Racial Attitudes; (5) Changing Behavior: What Can Be Done?; and (6) Changing Behavior: How It Can Be Done. (Author)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Cultural Study Center.