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Student draws attention to racial stereotyping in standardized test

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Compiled by Shari Narine







A standardized test administered to Grade 10 students will be changed after a student complained to his parents about two questions that gave multiple choice answers which negatively stereotyped Aboriginal people. The exam is a Level 19 test book of the Canadian Achievement Tests, fourth edition, which was published in 2008 and was field tested in Canadian classrooms. The test has been used by Saskatoon Public School since 2012. “I was surprised and disappointed to see that our internal review of test items during the development … did not identify these two items and replace them before publication,” said David Galati, director of operations for the Canadian Test Centre. Galati said it was the first time the issue had been brought to his attention, noting that this particular test is not as widely used as other tests.