Re: gender bias in testing

Barbara J Tavares (
Thu, 20 Feb 1997 08:09:08 -1000

I have not come across this information, and would also be very interested
in being included in any replies to Linda Shevitz about performance based
assessment tests. I would also be interested in a discussion on any
attempts to standardize scores. I was in early childhood before coming to
gender equity, and all early childhood "tests" are performance based, but
have been normed across the population.

Barbara Tavares
University of Hawaii

On Wed, 19 Feb 1997, Shevitz wrote:

> Maryland instituted statewide performance assessment tests three years
> ago at grades 3, 5, and 8. These tests involve multiple-task, cooperative
> learning activities. Unlike the disparities in standardized tests (such as
> the SAT) where boys continue to outscore girls in Maryland as well as
> nationwide, the results of these performance assessments have shown girls
> outscoring boys within all ethnic groups across all grade levels and in
> all subject areas (math, reading, social studies). Does anyone have
> research about girls outperforming boys on cooperative performance tasks
> and on writing tests (as opposed to multiple choice tests)? We're looking
> for some short articles or succinct summaries of research findings in this
> area. Please respond via edequity or to me directly at;
> Linda Shevitz, Maryland State Department of Education, 200 West Baltimore
> Street, Baltimore, Md 21201; 410-767-0428; fax410-767-0431. THANKS!

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