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    Hi, teachers,

    In the following paragraph, which word does "concerning comparative validity" modify, experience or evidence? Thx.

    Standardized tests should be considered in this context. They provide a quick, objective method of getting some kids of information about what a person learned, the skills he has developed, or the kinds of person he is. The information so obtained has, qualitatively, the same advantages and shortcomings as other kinds of information. Whether to use tests, other kinds of information, or both in a particular situation depends, therefore, upon the evidence from experience concerning comparative validity and upon such factors as cost and availability

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    Default Re: which one does it modify?

    Here's another paragraph.
    Does compensate here mean adding some more points to that youngster's test result as compensation for his underpriviledged background?

    Sometimes they identify students whose high potential has not been previously recognized, but there are many things they do not do. For example, they do not compensate for gross social inequality, and thus do not tell how able an underprivileged youngster might have been had he grown up under more favorable circumstances.


    Thx!

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    Default Re: which one does it modify?

    Quote Originally Posted by swimagic View Post
    Whether to use tests, other kinds of information, or both in a particular situation depends, therefore, upon the evidence from experience concerning comparative validity and upon such factors as cost and availability
    I think it is 'evidence', or better, 'evidence(-from-experience)', but the sentence is ambiguous.

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