ERIC Number: ED194631
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Public Misconceptions of Tests and How to Overcome Them.
Clifford, Paul I.; Matthews, Doris B.
Six fundamental public misconceptions about tests are discussed: (1) the view of tests as infallible, objective predictors of behavior versus the view of tests as completely without value; (2) the lack of understanding concerning pyschometric characteristics of tests; (3) the confusion between labels and constructs; (4) the belief that all the test user needs to know about the test is included in the test manual; (5) the belief that testing serves discovery and brokerage purposes in society; and (6) the notion that tests are as effective in assessing performance of the gifted and creative as they are in measuring the behavior of more pedestrian individuals. Conclusions point to the need for test publishers and the professional measurement community to take the lead in developing and using new instruments which are responsive to societal goals in overcoming these misconceptions. (GK)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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