Assessment and Access

Hispanics in Higher Education

Edited by Gary D. Keller, James R. Deneen, and Rafael J. Magallan

Subjects: Hispanic Studies
Series: SUNY series, United States Hispanic Studies
Paperback : 9780791407806, 342 pages, December 1991
Hardcover : 9780791407790, 342 pages, January 1992

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Table of contents


Introduction: Advances in Assessment and the Potential for Increasing the Number of Hispanics in Higher Education
Gary D. Keller

Part I: Hispanic Access: The Factors of Culture, Language, Reasoning Skills, and Heuristic Knowledge

1. Cultural and Linguistic Influences on Latino Testing
Jose P. Mestre and James M. Royer

2. Diagnostic Testing of Reasoning Skills
Richard P. Duran

3. Assessing Heuristic Knowledge to Enhance College Students' Success
Raymond V. Padilla

Part II: Opening New Dimensions and Investigating Advances in Test Construction on Behalf of Hispanics

4. Time as a Factor in the Cognitive Test Performance of Latino College Students
Maria Magdalena Llabre

5. Factors Related to Differential Item Functioning for Hispanic Examinees on the Scholastic Aptitude Test
Alicia P. Schmitt and Neil J. Dorans

6. Equating the Scores of the College Board Prueba de Aptitud Academica and the College Board Scholastic Aptitude Test
William H. Angoff and Linda L. Cook

Part III: Testing and Hispanic Access to the Teaching Profession

7. Competency Testing and Latino Student Access to the Teaching Profession: An Overview of Issues
Richard R. Valencia and Sofia Aburto

8. Research Directions and Practical Strategies in Teacher Testing and Assessment: Implications for Improving Latino Access to Teaching
Richard R. Valencia and Sofia Aburto

Part IV: TestSkills: The First Course of Instruction Directed Specifically to the Improvement of the Test-Taking of Hispanics

9. The Development of TestSkills: A Test Familiarization Kit on the PSAT/NMSQT for Hispanic Students
Lorraine Gaire

10. A Preliminary Evaluation of TestSkills: A Kit to Prepare Hispanic Students for the PSAT/NMSQT
Maria Pennock-Roman, Donald E. Powers, and Monte Perez



Appendix A. The Teacher/Counselor Questionnaire

Appendix B. The Student Questionnaire




This book treats the major issues of assessment and access as they relate to the Hispanic communities of the United States. For the purpose of increasing Hispanic access to higher education, it explores a variety of developments in educational assessment and test familiarization, both theoretical and practical. There are contributions to this volume from researchers and test specialists from the higher education community and the Educational Testing Service.

The book is divided into four parts: an analysis of the major elements and issues that affect Hispanic performance on tests and influence Hispanic access to higher education; a review of several critical elements in test-construction as they affect Hispanics; an analysis of the factors related to testing and Hispanic access into the teaching profession; and a research, evaluation, and historical orientation to the issues involved in the development of a landmark educational product jointly conceived and produced by the College Board, the Educational Testing Service, and the Hispanic Higher Education Coalition: TestSkills: A Kit for Teachers of Hispanic Students.

Gary D. Keller is Arizona Board of Regents' Professor, Hispanic Research Center, Arizona State University. James R. Deneen is Program Director of the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey. Rafael J. Magallán is a member of the California Student Aid Committee.