ERIC Number: ED096330
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
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Evaluating Foreign Language Placement: An Alternate Approach. Indiana Studies in Prediction No. 25.
Dalton, Starrette L.
A new validation procedure was developed for the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) foreign language placement tests. The procedure recommended by CEEB determines if individuals with high and low scores (1) in the same course and (2) from courses at various levels, score differentially on the CEEB tests. If both these differences are statistically significant, high predictive validity can be inferred. An alternate procedure involves no such inference, but rather asks the student directly if he was correctly placed and, if not, whether he was placed too high or too low. Subjects in this study were taking Spanish, French, and German. Results of the new procedure showed 80 percent were correctly placed by the CEEB tests. A second alternative to the CEEB procedure was also tried. Scholastic aptitude indicators and foreign language background variables were obtained from the students' permanent records and used in a regression equation to determine student placement. This equation placed 62 percent of the students correctly. Placement by the CEEB tests was about equally accurate in all languages, and was significantly better than placement by the regression equation. It is argued that the new validation procedure is a valuable alternative to the CEEB procedure because it does not rely on grades and provides different information. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Bureau of Educational Studies and Testing.