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The question has frequently been raised as to why I, as California's superintendent of public instruction during the 1970's, chose to defend against a suit (Larry P. et al. v. Wilson Riles, State Board of Education et al.) to ban the use of I.Q. tests that presumably resulted in the mislabeling of black students as mentally retarded.
Judge Robert F. Peckham's 1979 formal opinion on Larry P. v. Wilson Riles suggested that while I.Q. testing of black students was the central matter before the court, more fundamental issues were involved.
Many psychologists are angered by the decision to ban I.Q. tests for all black students in California. In one fell swoop, the state courts and the state department of education have said, in essence, that the I.Q. test serves no useful purpose in the assessment of black students.
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