ERIC Number: ED385546
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Uses of the Secondary Level English Proficiency (SLEP) Test: A Survey of Current Practice.
Wilson, Kenneth M.
The Secondary Level Proficiency (SLEP) test, offered by the SLEP School Services Program at the Educational Testing Service, measures English language listening comprehension and reading comprehension skills. It was developed for use with nonnative-English speaking students in grades 7 through 12. The SLEP is administered and scored locally, and the SLEP program does not receive routine feedback from local test users. This study was undertaken to obtain formal feedback from a sample of SLEP users through a survey questionnaire. Questionnaires were mailed to over 300 potential SLEP users. Although the return rate was relatively low (71 usable returns), the distribution of the returns by general institutional type and location was similar to that of the total sample. Survey findings provide information regarding: (1) testing practices; (2) purposes of testing; (3) selected characteristics of the examinees; (4) test-users' perceptions of the principal strengths and weaknesses of the SLEP and its manual; (5) the extent and nature of local studies concerned with validating the SLEP; and (6) related topics. Limitations of the findings for SLEP research are discussed. Four appendixes contain technical information about the survey and the questionnaire itself. Four exhibits, seven figures, and two tables illustrate the discussion. (Contains 18 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.