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ERIC Number: ED407433
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Pages: 21
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Technical Issues in Linking Assessments across Languages.
Sireci, Stephen G.
Test developers continue to struggle with the technical and logistical problems inherent in assessing achievement across different languages. Many testing programs offer separate language versions of a test to evaluate the achievement of examinees in different language groups. However, comparison of individuals who took different language versions of a test are not valid unless the score scales for the different versions are linked or equated. This paper discusses the psychometric problems involved in cross-lingual assessment, reviews linking models that have been proposed to enhance score comparability, and provides suggestions for developing and evaluating a model for linking different language versions of a test. Attempts to link different language versions of a test onto a common scale are classified into three general research design categories: (1) separate monolingual group designs, usually linked through item response theory; (2) bilingual group designs; and (3) matched monolingual group designs. (Contains 4 figures and 47 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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