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ERIC Number: ED129099
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Jul
Oral Language Tests for Bilingual Students: An Evaluation of Language Dominance and Proficiency Instruments.
Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
This publication represents the first attempt to address the problem of adequate evaluation processes for testing language dominance and proficiency in bilingual education. It is produced by individuals intimately acquainted with the fields of language testing and bilingual education. Issues in language testing as well as its history are discussed. Evaluation criteria are established for tests: measurement validity, examinee appropriateness, technical excellence, and administrative usability. The following tests are described: 16 commercially available tests; 6 tests undergoing development or testing; and 2 tests used for experimental purposes. A final section provides a concise evaluation of these 24 tests according to the above-mentioned criteria. An appendix lists test development efforts in Chamorro, Cherokee, Crow, French, Marshallese, Miccosukee, Navaho, Papago, Samoan, and Yup'ik. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: American Indian Languages, Bilingual Education, Bilingualism, Chamorro, Cherokee, English (Second Language), Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, French, Language Dominance, Language Proficiency, Language Skills, Language Tests, Measurement Techniques, Navajo, Papago, Portuguese, Samoan, Second Language Learning, Second Languages, Spanish, Speech Communication, Speech Skills, Standardized Tests, Test Reviews, Tests, Verbal Tests
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.