ERIC Number: ED173849
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Some Communication Problems Related to Testing Minority Populations with Standardized Instruments.
Peters, Cassandra A.
For the most part, standardized tests are verbal and presuppose that the test takers know the language, culture, and values of the test makers, who usually represent white, middle class language and values. The communication problems that minority groups face when taking standardized tests include phonological biases (especially when the tests are orally administered), syntactical biases (unfamiliar sentence structures), semantic/vocabulary biases, cultural biases, and task oriented biases (tasks reflecting a certain set of values). Suggestions for minimizing test bias include validating assumptions made about tests, gathering data concerning the linguistic and cultural backgrounds of the test takers, constructing valid and reliable instruments, training test givers in the use and interpretation of tests, and training test takers. (Appendixes provide validation criteria, suggestions for administering and constructing tests, test taking hints, and what reliability data are essential when reviewing tests. A bibliography is also included.) (RL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (62nd, Houston, Texas, August 5-8, 1979)