Reconsidering the consequences: Gender differentials in performance and placement in the 2001 SEA

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dc.contributor.author De Lisle, Jerome
dc.contributor.author Smith, Peter
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-15T19:54:57Z
dc.date.available 2010-04-15T19:54:57Z
dc.date.issued 2004
dc.identifier.citation De Lisle, J., & Smith, P. (2004). Reconsidering the consequences: Gender differentials in performance and placement in the 2001 SEA. Caribbean Curriculum, 11, 23-55 en
dc.identifier.issn 1017-5636
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2139/6620
dc.description.abstract This paper provides an analysis of the gender fairness and consequences associated with the test design used for the 2001 Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) in Trinidad and Tobago. It is argued that the rationale for choosing the SEA test design emphasized the usefulness and purpose of the selection instrument, but failed to consider one significant consequence: the likelihood of adverse impact resulting from large performance differentials in favour of females. The study also tests the hypotheses that gender differences are (1) institution-specific and (2) vary across ability groups. The major findings were that patterns of gender inequity were complex and sometimes even contradictory, with females favoured on SEA composite total score, language arts, and creative writing and males favoured on the placement process. However, males and females performed similarly in mathematics. An analysis across different ability groups indicated that large differentials favouring females were more likely among students below the 50th percentile. On the other hand, among higher achievers, males performed just as well as females. The gender fairness of five alternative SEA test designs was evaluated using Willingham's (1999) social matrix en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher School of Education, UWI, St. Augustine en
dc.subject Academic achievement en
dc.subject Student evaluation en
dc.subject Secondary Entrance Assessment examination en
dc.subject Examination results en
dc.subject Gender differences en
dc.subject Primary school students en
dc.subject Test construction en
dc.subject Trinidad and Tobago en
dc.title Reconsidering the consequences: Gender differentials in performance and placement in the 2001 SEA en
dc.type Article en


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