ERIC Number: ED079432
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Foreign Language Testing: Will the Persistent Problems Persist?
Carroll, John B.
The persistent problems in foreign language testing are considered under four headings: (1) validity, (2) scope, (3) efficiency, and (4) the problem of how tests relate to the wider context of instruction. The first consists of insuring that the measurements and assessments obtained reflect what they are intended to reflect. The problem of scope consists of insuring that all the varied components of foreign language competence and skill are measured. The problem of efficiency encompasses the obtaining of the best assessments possible within the limits of time and resources available for the construction and administration of the assessments. An example of how tests relate to the wider context of instruction is the degree to which testing either enhances instruction or distorts it through undesirable feedback effects from the tests. It is concluded that, with continual attention to the criteria for good test construction and to the need for new research on testing procedures, it should be possible to effect a gradual net improvement in the quality and effectiveness of foreign language tests. (Author/CK)
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Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Note: Paper presented at the ATESOL Conference (Dublin, Ireland, June 26-29, 1973)