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Bilingualism and testing: A special case of bias. G. Valdes and R. Figueroa.Norwood, NJ: Ablex, 1994. Pp. 255.

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 June 2000

Evangeline Harris Stefanakis
Affiliation:
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Abstract

Guadalupe Valdes and Richard Figueroa carefully and clearly craft an argument for why bilingualism and testing constitute a special case of bias that continues to have serious consequences for today's school-age minority population in the United States. This argument could not be more timely, given the drive in the United States for standards and a rising wave of state-mandated standardized testing programs for all students, including bilinguals. Perhaps a summary of this book should be on the desk of every educational leader and policymaker charged with the mandate of administering standardized tests to bilingual students and comparing their scores with those of monolingual groups for the purpose of special education and vocational placements.

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