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Volume 8, Issue 1 (1979)

Ethical and Legal Issues

pp. 119—121

The Larry P. Case: Social scientists generally accept the assumption that ability is equally distributed among all groups. Thus, when Blacks and other minority groups obtain low scores as a group on intelligence tests or are more frequently placed in EMR classes,the question of bias or racism is raised. Emerging from these concerns is the case of Larry P. vs. Riles (Note 4) in the Federal Courts of San Francisco, and the theories and system of assessment proposed by Jane Mercer, a University of California sociologist.

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