Mental Survey of Utah Schools and Adaptation of the Army Beta Tests (Classic Reprint)

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We were forced to discard this test for the two - fold reason that the results with our Training School demonstrated the fact that the correlation with the stanford-binet, 50, was too low, and the percentage of accidents, or failures among those children shown to be normal by the Standford - Binet, and by reference to school work, was found to be too high. We soon discovered that one of the chief difficulties facing a group test was the number of such accidents arising through failure to understand instructions, or through incapacitation of the child because of nervousness or excitement due to the presence of strangers in the class room, or to slow adaptation to a novel situation. This was found to be especially the case with children in the three lowest grades, where ages range from six to nine. We came to appreciate in a more profound way the value of the rapport established between the examiner and child in the Stanford - Binet individual tests.

With these experiences before us we recognized the necessity of employing the play or game element as far as possible and of using adequate demonstration material in the presentation of the tasks. We next considered the Army Alpha tests which, however, were not usable in our state because of their emphasis upon lan gauge, particularly reading ability, an element which would be sure to bring disaster in our coal and copper mining districts where the percentage of foreign born and foreign language speaking popula tion is large. Our last consideration was the Army Beta tests which, after considerable modification and supplementation, were adopted. These tests may be made to involve the play or con structive element to a desirable degree and the tasks to be done by the children are open to the completest possible chart and verbal demonstration.

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