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ERIC Number: ED185761
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Influence of Test Scores and Naturally-Occurring Pupil Characteristics on Psychoeducational Decision Making with Children.
Ysseldyke, James E.; And Others
One hundred fifty-nine members of pupil placement teams participated in an examination of the extent to which sex, socioeconomic status, physical appearance, and nature of referral problem biased the psychoeducational assessment and decision making process for children with suspected handicapping conditions. Ss were assigned to 16 conditions in a computer simulated decision making exercise. Test usage was consistent across conditions. Only the nature of the referral problem influenced outcome decisions. Although test results indicated average behavior, decision makers classified students referred for "behavior problems" as emotionally disturbed significantly more often than any other classification. Decision makers perceived scores on intelligence tests, achievement tests, and the disparity between the two as most influential on their decisions. Personality test scores and behavior rating data were seen as having a greater influence on outcome decisions when the student demonstrated behavior problems. Decision makers perceived naturally occurring pupil characteristics as differentially influencing their decisions. (Author/CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. for Research on Learning Disabilities.
Note: See also EC 123 901-925.