ERIC Number: ED197413
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Assessing Speaking Skills: Issues of Feasibility, Reliability. Validity and Bias.
Mead, Nancy A.
Focusing on the problems of assessing the speaking skills of secondary school students, this paper provides one example of how those problems were addressed in the Massachusetts speaking assessment. The paper identifies four requirements for measures of speaking skills: (1) feasibility, (2) reliability, (3) validity, and (4) freedom from bias. The discussion of these requirements is followed by a general discussion of issues related to developing measures of speaking skills. The paper concludes with a description of the Massachusetts speaking assessment and with data on the reliability, validity, and bias of the assessment instruments. (Author/FL) Primary type of information provided by report: Procedures (Theoretical).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Identifiers: Basic Skills Improvement Policy (Massachusetts); Massachusetts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (66th, New York, NY, November 13-16, 1980).