Comparing the WJ-IV COG Between Minority and White Students

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1,8
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 6: Recent Developments in Assessment and Research

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. compare the test structure of the WJ IV COG across White and minority students (Black and Latinx).
  2. identify content in test manuals that should be reviewed when testing minority students.
  3. understand the concept of psychometric test bias.


The purpose of this poster presentation is to examine whether overall cognitive ability is measured similarly across White and minority (Black and Latinx) students on the Woodcock Johnson IV Tests of Cognitive Abilities (WJ IV COG). Novice and seasoned practitioners will learn how they can review cognitive measures to determine the potential for test bias and use that knowledge to inform cognitive test selection when working with diverse students.



Arlene Ortiz, California State University, Sacramento
Hailey J. Camozzi, California State University, Sacramento


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