Hispanic American students and test validity: A note from the author

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(12), 1338. María Pennock-Román comments on Amado Padilla's review (see record 2006-06471-002) of Pennock-Román's book, Test Validity and Language Background: A Study of Hispanic American Students at Six Universities (1990). Pennock-Román says she was so gratified by Padilla's complimentary review of her study that she feels compelled to point out a restriction in the population to which the findings can be generalized. The results, which support the use of the Scholastic-Aptitude Test with Hispanic groups, apply primarily to students who had moderate to high levels of English proficiency. By design, students who were very recent immigrants to the U S mainland were excluded from the analyses. Thus, the percentage of Hispanic students in the sample who indicated that English was their best language ranged from 90 to 98 percent among the six universities. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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