Ability Testing: Report of the Committee
Alexandra K. Wigdor, Wendell R. Garner
National Academies, 1982 - Ability - 242 pages
This document describes the theory and practice of testing; illuminates competing interests in a balanced fashion; and helps those who make decisions with tests or about testing to reach better-informed judgments. Part 1, the report of the Committee, presents a wide-ranging discussion of testing issues. The text has been kept largely free of the critical apparatus of scholarly literature. Chapters 1 through 3 provide an overview of the controversies surrounding testing, an introduction to the concepts, methods, and terminology of ability testing, a brief history of testing in the United States, and a discussion of the proliferation of legal requirements that have come to surround the use of tests. Chapters 4 through 6 describe test use for employment selection and educational purposes, point out common types of misuse, and make recommendations about how tests might be better used to preserve the integrity of the technology while at the same time responding to legitimate social, institutional, and individual goals. Chapter 7 takes a look at the limitations of standardized tests and then attempts to establish a sense of proportion by placing the controversy over testing within the context of the larger social currents that influence the course of national life. (Author/GK)
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
ability grouping ability tests academic achievement tests administration admissions tests adverse impact American applicants Aptitude Test assessment average basis Civil Service coaching College Board Committee construct validity content validity correlation court cutoff score decision differences disclosure discrimination distribution Educational Testing Service effects employers employment testing Equal Employment Opportunity evaluation evidence examinations example federal function grades graduate Graduate Record Examination Guidelines handicapped high school Hispanics important individual industry institutions instruction interpretation involved Law School LSAT mental minimum competency testing National norm group percent performance personnel placement practices prediction predictor problems professional psychologists psychometric questions raw score require sample Scholastic Aptitude Test selection procedures skills social society special education specific standard deviation standard scores standardized tests teachers test development test results test scores test takers test users testing programs Title VII U.S. Department verbal