ERIC Number: ED191907
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship between Instruments Used for Identifying Children of Limited English Speaking Ability in Texas.
Gillmore, Gerry; Dickerson, Alice
Five language assessment tests (LATs) are used for identifying children of limited English speaking ability in Texas: Basic Inventory of Natural Language; Bilingual Syntax Measure; Language Assessment Scales; Primary Acquisition of Language; and Schutt Primary Language Indicator Test. Interrelationships between LATs and relationships between the LATs and achievement tests were studied. LATs were administered to a stratified random sample of 464 students, grades K-12, who had been previously identified as having been exposed to a language other than English. The subjects were randomly assigned to one of ten possible test pair groups of the five LATs. Correlation coefficients, Chi-Square values, and estimated communalities to indicate minimum reliabilities were calculated. The analyses indicated a lack of substantial relationship between the various LATs, and disagreement between the classification of English proficiency levels and achievement test performance. All evidence indicates a critical need for further clarification of classification of children of limited English proficiency and exit criteria from special programs. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Education Service Center Region 4, Houston, TX.
Identifiers: Basic Inventory of Natural Language; Bilingual Syntax Measure; Language Assessment Scales (DeAvila and Duncan); Limited English Speaking; Primary Acquisition of Language; Primary Language Indicator Test (Schutt); Texas