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ERIC Number: ED164643
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Competency Testing: Potential for Discrimination.
McClung, Merle Steven
Clearinghouse Review, p439-48 Sep 1977
This article discusses the potential for discrimination inherent in competency-based testing and suggests some provisions which might be included in a fair competency-based program. Discussed are: (1) racial discrimination; (2) inadequate phase-in periods; (3) tests which are not reliable or have not been validated; (4) inadequate matching of the instructional program to the test; (5) inadequate remedial instruction which creates or reinforces tracking; and (6) unfair apportionment of responsibility between students and educators. Numerous studies and legislative action dealing with competency-based tests are used to illustrate this paper's argument that more valid competency testing is needed. (Author/EB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Law and Education, Boston, MA.
Note: For a related document, see UD 018 884; Not available in hard copy due to institution's restriction ; May be marginally legible due to small type