Culturally Sensitive Assessment

Culturally sensitive assessment refers to assessment materials or evaluation processes that consider how an individual’s cultural background or history may influence his or her performance. This is an important consideration for an accurate and complete understanding of an individual’s abilities and knowledge. This entry briefly describes the significance of culture for assessments, provides applied examples, and gives recommended practices for culturally sensitive assessments for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Influence of Culture on Assessment

Culture consists of patterns of ideas, beliefs, values, traditions, and behaviors that are common among a group of people bound by geographic region, religion, social class, or other shared identity. It is stable, yet constantly evolving. Culture could also be described as the lens or unique perspective that people use when ...

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