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ERIC Number: ED178618
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Minimum-Competency Testing: the Newest Obstruction to the Education of Black and Other Disadvantaged Americans.
Scott, Hugh J.
Concerns and objections regarding minimum competency testing (MCT) are raised. The tests are criticized for their tendencies to: (1) deny variability in growth, development, and intelligence; (2) expose rather than constructively examine underachievers; (3) divert scarce personnel and financial resources to test administration; (4) ignore non-cognitive variables and factors outside school influence; (5) mislabel students; (6) justify homogeneous grouping; (7) over-emphasize the back-to-basics movement; (8) arouse racial prejudice by documenting underachievement of minorities; and (9) lower minimum standards in order to achieve an acceptable rate of success. Minimum competency tests are also described as being the most poorly conceived, and as providing the least useful information of all achievement tests. (CP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Failure, Academic Standards, Achievement Tests, Basic Skills, Black Students, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Needs, Educational Problems, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Needs, Labeling (of Persons), Minimum Competency Testing, Racial Bias, Racial Discrimination, Test Bias, Test Validity, Testing Problems, Testing Programs
ERIC Clearinghouse on Tests, Measurement, and Evaluation, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08541 ($2.00, while supplies last)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Tests, Measurement, and Evaluation, Princeton, NJ.