Re: test invalidity
On Jan 13, 2006, at 9:08 AM, Monty Neill wrote:
How about the items in the NY test that are clearly culturally based (the Palast piece)? If there were a balance in which questions more likely to relate to the experiences of low-income inner city kids were also on the test, that would be one thing. I have not seen that test, but I'd bet there are no such items.
I took the MAT (Miller's Analogies Test) in 1996. On it, there was a question about haggis. Being of Scottish origin, having eaten haggis, and having lived in Scotland for a year and a half, I was able to complete the analogy. Not sure how many low-income inner city kids did the same. I suppose someone like E.D. Hirsch would say that their inability to complete the analogy is due to their lack of cultural literacy. Others (me, for example) would attribute it to their lack of being Scottish.
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