Test Policy and Test Performance: Education, Language, and Culture

  • Bernard R. Gifford

Part of the Evaluation in Education and Human Services book series (EEHS, volume 23)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Tests as Tools of Educational Policy: Theory, Attribution, and Belief

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Walter M. Haney
      Pages 51-62
    3. George F. Madaus
      Pages 63-89
  3. Tests in Educational Decision Making: Psychometric and Political Boundary Conditions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. William A. Mehrens
      Pages 93-113
    3. Christopher Jencks
      Pages 115-121
    4. George Hanford
      Pages 123-126
  4. Language, Culture, Ethnicity, and Testing

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 297-306

About this book


Bernard R. Gifford In the United States, the standardized test has become one of the major sources of information for reducing uncertainty in the determination of individual merit and in the allocation of merit-based educational, training, and employment opportunities. Most major institutions of higher education require applicants to supplement their records of academic achievements with scores on standardized tests. Similarly, in the workplace, as a condition of employment or assignment to training programs, more and more employers are requiring prospective employees to sit for standardized tests. In short, with increasing frequency and intensity, individual members of the political economy are required to transmit to the opportunity marketplace scores on standardized examinations that purport to be objective measures of their abilities, talents, and potential. In many instances, these test scores are the only signals about their skills that job applicants are permitted to send to prospective employers. THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON TESTING AND PUBLIC POLICY In view of the importance of these issues to our current national agenda, it was proposed that the Human Rights and Governance and the Education and Culture Programs of the Ford Foundation support the establishment of a ''blue ribbon" National Commission on Testing and Public Policy to investigate some of the major problems, as well as the untapped opportunities, created by recent trends in the use of standardized tests, particularly in the workplace and in schools.


Training higher education political economy service

Editors and affiliations

  • Bernard R. Gifford
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of EducationUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7628-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-2500-7
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