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Educational Psychology Aptitude Tests as an Asssessment of Teaching Ability Dr. Carey gives a variety of achievement and aptitude tests to 1000 ten-year-old children from Southside Elementary School and 1000 ten-year-old children from Northside Elementary School. He finds that, on the average, the Southside students perform better on the tests than the Northside students. He concludes that the teachers at Southside are superior to those at Northside. Is this conclusion warranted? Why or why not? No, Dr. Carey's conclusion is not warranted because tests are not always a fair assessment of the diverse variety of students, and many other factors besides the intelligence needed to take tests must be considered. ...read more.


Or perhaps Northside's population houses a majority of minority groups, thus making a comparison of teachers based on test scores of students unfair. Test items focus on a limited set of skills that are important in mainstream Western culture, and particularly in school settings; they do not necessarily tap into skills that may be more highly valued in other contexts or other societies. Also, students with limited English proficiency are at an obvious disadvantage when an intelligence test is administered in English. ...read more.


The last thing to consider is that the relationship between test scores and achievement is not a perfect one. For a variety of reasons, some students with high scores do not perform well in the classroom. And other students achieve at higher levels than we would predict from their test scores alone. Therefore, we should never base or expectations for students' achievement solely on test scores. The fact that Southside students scored higher than Northside students may simply mean that Southside students are better test takers, but it does not mean they are not better classroom achievers or do not receive good instruction. ...read more.

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