ERIC Number: ED202861
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Bilingual Oral Language Test (BOLT-English). Technical Report.
Cohen, Sam; And Others
The Bilingual Oral Language Test (BOLT-English) was pilot tested in January 1976, field tested in April 1976, and again in October, November 1976, on a population of more than 3,000 students in the San Francisco Bay Area, Pomona, Riverside, and Palm Springs, California. Results reported include concurrent validity values of .9 and .86 when comparing test results to the assessment of the teacher. Test-retest reliability coefficients obtained were above .9 showing high stability and internal consistency. The BOLT-Spanish was field tested between November 1976 through January 1977, and results yielded a concurrent validity coefficient of .93. In 1977, the California State Department of Education approved the BOLT test for use in the assessment of oral language skills. BOLT-English and BOLT-Spanish are independent components of the same instrument and based on the same organization. Each test assesses simple oral sentence patterns to more complex syntactical forms of the language. Administration of each test takes only six minutes and allows the objective classification of each student into one of four language categories including non-English speaking, limited English speaking and English speaking. Classroom packets in both English and Spanish are included, as is the BOLT-Spanish Technical Report. (RL)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Diagnostic Tests, Language Skills, Non English Speaking, Oral Language, Secondary Education, Spanish Speaking, Test Reliability, Test Validity
Bilingual Media Productions (BMP) Inc., P.O. Box 9337, North Berkeley Station, Berkeley, CA, 94709 ($20.00 per classroom packet for 30 students).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bilingual Media Productions, Inc., Berkeley, CA.; Bay Area Hispanic Inst. for Advancement, Berkeley, CA.
Identifiers: Bilingual Oral Language Test; Limited English Speaking
Note: An entire classroom packet for the BOLT (in either English or Spanish) consists of the manual, a picture booklet, 30 answer sheets, a class record chart, and a summary page. Formerly known as BAHIA Oral Language Test. Colored pages may not reproduce clearly.