ERIC Number: ED265190
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Norm-Referenced Tests: Are They Valid for Use with Handicapped Children?
Fuchs, Douglas; And Others
The present investigation represents a systematic effort to determine whether handicapped children have been included in the development of test norms, items, and indices of reliability and validity. It analysed up-to-date user manuals and technical supplements of 27 well known and widely used aptitude and achievement tests. Study procedure involved four basic steps: (1) selecting tests; (2) contacting publishers for current and complete technical information; (3) analyzing the technical data; and (4) determining interrater agreement. A matrix was constructed to include the tests and six psychometric characteristics, yielding 162 cells. Each cell was filled in or left blank, according to the information pertaining to the inclusion of the handicapped. Sixty-three cells were blank; 84 contained question marks, indicating widespread failure among test developers to clarify the population on which they developed instruments. Results indicated most test developers and publishers provide scant data on the appropriateness of their tests for use with handicapped children. Appendices include a four-page bibliography, a table showing the titles, authors, publishers and copyright dates of the norm-referenced tests, and a table showing handicapped children's participation in the development of the tests. (LMO)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Portions of this paper were presented at the Annual Meeting of the and at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 16-20, 1986).