ERIC Number: ED353023
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Implementation and Initial Validation of the Combined English Language Skills Assessment (CELSA) at Golden West College.
During spring 1992, the Combined English Language Skills Assessment (CELSA) test was piloted with a sample of English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) classes at Golden West College (GWC) in Huntington Beach, California. The CELSA, which utilizes a cloze format including parts of conversations and short dialogues, combines items from beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of the English Language Skills Assessment test, and thus is a useful tool for placing students in all levels of English courses. The pilot test sample consisted of 377 students enrolled in 18 sections of ESL courses in spring 1992, representing all ESL course levels at GWC. To evaluate test validity, test results were matched with each student's instructor-provided recommendation of referral to another ESL or English course for the following semester. In addition, recommended cut scores for class placement were sought to eventually implement the CELSA as a placement test at GWC. The study found a high correlation between CELSA test scores and instructor referrals across the range of ESL course levels, providing clear evidence for the predictive validity of the CELSA. Also, cut scores were determined using the Multiple Correlation Scheme (MCS), which incorporates mean and standard deviation values to identify scores that differentiate adjacent levels. The cut scores were recommended for use with the CELSA as an initial course placement tool at GWC. A set of recommendations for implementing the CELSA at GWC, data tables, the MCS calculation formula, and a description of seven ESL course levels are included. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Golden West Coll., Huntington Beach, CA.