ERIC Number: ED140281
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Diagnostic Testing and the Disadvantaged Student: A Field in Disarray.
Adolphus, Stephen H.
Some basic maxims of the field of diagnostic/prescriptive testing for academically deficient college students are as follows: the end purpose of diagnostic testing must be, not to screen out prospective students, but to match the available resources of the campus to the strengths and weaknesses of the student; testing is the essential tool in individual-centered developmental education; the traditional academic system must be changed so that a good deal of academic activity is structured around needs revealed by the tests; tests of basic skills should pinpoint specific areas of weakness; and all faculty members should be involved in testing. Morality in testing involves observing the rights of those being tested, using valid tests, and using test findings in a positive and sophisticated manner. A final maxim is that those in the testing field are in a state of disarray. Forty-four institutions in New York, when asked what diagnostic or prescriptive tests they used with educationally disadvantaged students, listed more than 30. The most frequently cited test was "own" test, a self-developed test, used by 17 of the 44 schools. Such disarray indicates a need for more information-sharing among those in the field of testing. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Remedial/Developmental Studies in Postsecondary Education (1st, Chicago, March 18, 1977)