Free Book on IQ Testing

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Archived
Subject: 
K-12 Testing

FairTest Examiner - April 2008

Testing: Its Origins, Uses and Misuses explores the pseudo-scientific and racist origins of standardized testing, focusing primarily on IQ tests. Author Bernard Watson critiques notions of "objectivity," the limits of multiple-choice tests, the use of testing for tracking and other high-stakes purposes, and the evolution of the SAT. He concludes that testing is not likely to go away, but optimistically hopes for new directions in assessment. Written in the 1990s, this is a highly readable introduction to the history and consequences of IQ-style testing and the misuse of such tests for evaluating people.

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