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ERIC Number: ED380983
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar-5
Pages: 26
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Raters and Scales in Oral Proficiency Testing: The FSI Experience.
Hart-Gonzalez, Lucinda
This overview of the 40 year development of language proficiency rating at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) and elsewhere in the federal government focuses on three issues pertaining to the scale and the raters: (1) the number of levels of differentiation in the scale; (2) the relation of the scale to the rating task; and (3) the calibration of the scale against some underlying proficiency continuum. Over the years, the rating system has become more and more complex, all in a seeming effort to balance between the desire for greater differentiation and information, concern for rater fairness, and the administrative need for a simple but dependable global score. Problems occur when greater specificity contradicts scale assumptions or imposes undesirable ones. At this writing, The Federal Language Testing Board, which includes FSI, is revising the testing system in the direction of greater simplicity for raters, with some attention to issues of scale. Contains 26 references. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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