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What's "fixed, immutable and class-based?" Ability or belief?

Posted By: Dick Schutz on January 10, 2009
Answer: Belief. Even the change-resistant College Board and ETS have abandoned the notion that ability is "fixed, immutable and class-based. But they are still churning out tests following Item Response Theory that relies on the anachronistic trait and factor theory that undergirds the tests and provides Murray's "evidence."

Binet must have been spinning in his grave for the last hundred years when his practical test for determining candidates for special education was turned into the statistical monster of IQ.

It will be good if Carnavale's analysis promotes the discussion of the matter that he calls for. I'll be surprised if that happens. Those who join Murray in his belief tend to be fixed and immutable. And those who join Carnavale tend not to be willing to dig into the history and the psychometrics involved. So the beat goes on. Irrespective, it's a good analysis, Tony. Thanks!
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