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ERIC Number: ED191973
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Language, Culture, and Assessment.
Hilliard, Asa G., III
Much of the language and many constructs used in testing and assessment must be redefined in order for testing instruments to be valid for use with children of African-American descent. These children are products of unique linguistic environments. Current educational assessment tools are insensitive to the cultural-linguistic diversity of the American population. Misconceptions about English as a language and about African-American language are at the foundation of many standardized testing instruments. There are urgent needs in this country for a systematic cultural-linguistic review of testing and assessment devices to be used with African-American children, to provide full and competent descriptions of African-American language, to instruct teachers about specific techniques for teaching African-American children, and to end the sale of kits and gimmicks developed for teaching speakers of "black language." (Author/MK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Institute of Education Conference (Ann Arbor, MI, 1980).