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ERIC Number: ED163062
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Language Assessment Instruments for Limited-English-Speaking Students: A Needs Analysis.
Locks, Nancy A.; And Others
A catalog of tests for limited English speaking students and an assessment of needs for new test development are presented. The most important priorities are improved communication between test developers and users, and funding to refine available tests. The most cost effective solution would be the revision, technical improvement, and translation of selected instruments. The catalog lists tests for students in grades K-6 whose first language is Chinese, French, Italian, Navajo, Portuguese, Spanish, or Tagalog. Within each language, tests are grouped as publicly available, or currently unavailable. Available tests are rated acceptable or unacceptable for technical as well as cultural adequacy, and categorized as follows: (1) language dominance; (2) non-English language proficiency; (3) English language proficiency; (4) mathematics; (5) science; (6) social and ethnic studies; (7) multi-subject achievement; (8) attitude and self concept; (9) cognitive style; and (10) general ability and scholastic aptitude. Approximately 150 tests are rated, while 132 are unavailable; about half of both lists concern Spanish tests. Crucial needs cited by the bilingual educators surveyed are summarized for each language; the need for an improved language test is mentioned frequently. The questionnaires, rating forms, a list of criteria used to evaluate the tests, and of participating reviewers are appended. (CP)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Aptitude Tests, Bilingual Education, Bilingual Students, Chinese, Elementary Education, English (Second Language), Evaluation Needs, French, Italian, Navajo, Needs Assessment, Portuguese, Psychological Testing, Spanish, State of the Art Reviews, Surveys, Tagalog, Test Reviews, Tests
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
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