ERIC Number: ED337042
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
The Development of the FLES Test--Spanish. Final Report.
Thompson, Lynn; And Others
A project is reported that developed a test for students in foreign language in the elementary school (FLES) programs. Relevant tests in Spanish and English as a Second Language (ESL) were reviewed in order to develop a listening and reading test that could determine achievement in a typical FLES curriculum. Pilot testing was conducted with 121 children in three sites in Maryland, Michigan, and Vermont. The sites were chosen to reflect a wide range of FLES program configurations (3-year before-school program, two half-hour classes a week; 7-year sequential program, 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week; and 3-year program, 1 hour per day). Test format and content are reported, as is the test analysis in terms of reliability, item difficulty, and discrimination. Reviewers, field tests, and assessments of the statistical quality suggest that the revised FLES Spanish test is now an appropriate instrument for research needs at the Center for Language Education and Research. The test is appended, along with the test administrator's handbook. Contains 2 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC. Center for Language Education and Research.