ERIC Number: ED197024
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Who Is Testing Black Children and Youth in the Public Schools of America?
Sullivan, Otha Richard
Despite research conducted on the testing of minorities, little attention has been given to the issue of the race and training of the test administrator, i.e., the psychometrist or school psychologist. Black children in the present educational system are most often faced with examiners who are culturally, socially, and economically different from themselves. These differences undoubtedly create problems of rapport and may be the cause of disproportionate numbers of black children being identified as educable mentally retarded. There is great inequity in the access to professional training and equal employment for blacks in the field of school psychology. In order to train more blacks as school psychologists and to provide more comprehensive testing of children and youth, the following recommendations might be followed: (1) the implementation of affirmative action hiring programs for school psychologists; (2) Federal efforts to correct underrepresentation of blacks; (3) the development of school psychology programs by black colleges and universities; (4) the consideration of a broader range of data for psychological assessment; (5) improved training of school psychologists, including an unbiased orientation to the cultural characteristics of the students they will be evaluating; and (6) improved access of blacks to graduate programs in predominantly white institutions. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Tenth Anniversary of the Black Child Institute (Washington, DC, October 31, 1980).