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ERIC Number: ED185077
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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The Analysis of Technical Validity and Reliability in Bilingual Language Assessment Instruments: The Language Assignment Umpire (L.A.U.) Language Dominance Test.
Barnett, Nancy
Techniques for assessing test validity and reliability are applied to an analysis of an unpublished test, in order to familiarize test users in local bilingual programs with the technical evidence that should be available for instruments of potential use in placing limited English-speaking students. The instrument studied, the Language Assignment Umpire (L.A.U.), is designed to identify language dominance by means of four oral tasks of sentence memory, synonyms, antonyms, and digit-reversal. The validity of the L.A.U. is considered in determining language proficiency as well as language dominance. Lexical difficulty and counts of phonemes, syllables, words, and morphemes are examined for a linguistic analysis of the L.A.U. The sentence memory task is examined for the syntactic complexity of its items. Statistical analyses are reported for a variety of correlations at both the intra-test and external criteria levels. A brief discussion is included of the results of a study in which the L.A.U. and other language data were used to determine the effectiveness of the Rochester, New York bilingual program. (Author/CTM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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