ERIC Number: ED429107
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Initial Steps in the Validation of the Second Language Proficiency Descriptors for Public High Schools, Colleges, and Universities in California: Writing.
Butler, Frances A.; Stevens, Robin
The need for empirical validation of a specific set of second language proficiency descriptors for the four skill areas- -reading, writing, listening, and speaking--provided the impetus for the work described in this report. The University of California at Los Angeles Center for the Study of Evaluation developed a validation plan and undertook initial steps in the validation process with one skill area, writing. The process, which includes anchoring descriptor levels to student performance, involved the participation of writing experts from high schools, colleges, and universities across California. In addition, nine potential descriptor users from the same educational segments across the state were asked to help clarify descriptor applications. Work with the writing descriptors led to refinement of the validation process. The report includes a detailed description of that process and provides suggestions for steps that can be taken to validate the descriptors for reading, listening, and speaking. Eight appendixes contain lists of participants, the user interview protocol, descriptions of proficiency descriptors, writing samples, and some worksheets for the study. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.; California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.
Authoring Institution: Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing, Los Angeles, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California