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University of Guelph
PSYC 3850

Intellectual Disabilities Reading 3Intellectual Classification of Black and White Children in Special Education Programs Using the WISCIII and the Cognitive Assessment SystemThe Wechsler Intelligence Scale for ChildrenThird Edition and the Cognitive Assessment System were compared for a sample of 78 White and Black students in special education programs for children with mental retardation Results showed that the WISCIII identified more children as having mental retardation than did the Cognitive Assessment System More important however the WISCIII classified disproportionately more Blacks than Whites as having mental retardation as compared to the Cognitive Assessment System Results imply that the problem of disproportionate representation of Black children in special education classes for children with mental retardation may be addressed if the Cognitive Assessment System were used instead of the WISCIIIWechsler scales are the most widely used intelligence testsThe they been criticized in recent years for being out of step with developments in cognitive neuropsychWechsler scales have been around for over 60 yearsIt is believed that this test has limitations when it comes to children with disabilities and minority childrenBlack children consistently score lower mean IQ scores therefore the test is believed to be biased against minority childrenT
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