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ERIC Number: ED382031
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-May
Pages: 27
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Language Background, Ethnicity, and the Internal Construct Validity of the Advanced Placement Spanish Language Examination.
Ginther, April; Stevens, Joseph
The internal construct validity of the 1989 Advanced Placement Spanish Language Examination was analyzed to determine whether the traditional four-factor examination structure hypothesized by test developers (listening, reading, writing, speaking) was invariant for relevant subpopulations. Using a nested hierarchical design, multiple confirmatory analyses were conducted for examinees differing in language background and ethnicity. An analysis of exam structure for Latin Spanish-speaking examinees served as the starting reference to which the examination structures of Mexican Spanish-speaking, Mexican Spanish/English bilingual, White English-speaking, and Black English-speaking examinees were compared. While the four-factor examination structure fit all groups, factor loadings, variances, covariances, and variable uniqueness all differed significantly across groups. The differences found have implications for test development as well as for the use and interpretation of scores in language proficiency testing. Contains 25 references and 4 tables. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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