ERIC Number: ED226088
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Mental Ability Testing and Its Implications for the Oklahoma City Public Schools.
Hall, Janie L.
This study follows a 1980 moratorium on group mental ability testing called by the district's superintendent when questions relating to the informational value and cost-effectiveness of the Otis Lennon Mental Ability Test (OLMA) were raised by the Oklahoma City Public School District. Criticisms of intelligence tests and relevant issues are discussed in the following areas: nature of characteristics measured, cultural bias, extent of use, purposes which tests serve, misuses, psychometric concerns, cost, legislation affecting mental ability testing, and committee input. This report recommends discontinuing CLMA tests; ordering no new aptitude tests; and relying on other sources of information such as criterion-referenced tests, achievement tests, individual intelligence tests, and the "time-to-learn" concepts. (Author/WAM)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oklahoma City Public Schools, OK. Dept. of Planning, Research, and Evaluation.