ERIC Number: ED034971
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969
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English Language Testing Project for the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Briere, Eugene J.
This brochure contains a summary of an English language testing project being developed by the University of Southern California under the aegis of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Previous attempts (Stanford Achievement Test, California Achievement Test) have failed to test American Indian children's performance in reading, vocabulary, and language because these tests are not designed to measure linguistic skills. The norms and standards of such tests are derived from populations far different from the American Indian children in BIA schools, many of whom are either non-English speaking, or seriously deficient in English. The major objectives of this Project are to develop a battery of tests consisting of three parts: (1) three oral-aural techniques to measure proficiency in perception and production of spoken English, (2) two techniques for testing proficiency in listening comprehension, and (3) a paper and pencil test designed to measure the level of proficiency in written English grammar. Although not specifically within the scope of this three-year project, it is felt that the testing instruments being developed will be of great use in assessing proficiency in English for other non-English speaking groups. Direct inquiries to Author, or to Assistant Commissioner for Education, BIA, 1951 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20242. (AMM)
Descriptors: American Indians, Auditory Tests, Elementary Education, English (Second Language), Equivalency Tests, Group Norms, Language Proficiency, Language Skills, Listening Comprehension, Measurement Instruments, Minority Group Children, Standardized Tests, Testing, Testing Programs, Vision Tests
Author, English Language Testing Project, 2140 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90024
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Sponsor: Bureau of Indian Affairs (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: University of Southern California, Los Angeles. English Language Testing Project.