ERIC Number: ED445084
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Standardized ESL Test Equating Study: Equating the CELSA and the NYSPT with the MELT SPLs.
Seaman, Alan; Hayward, Linda
The purpose of this study was to equate two standardized English as a Second Language (ESL) proficiency tests, the New York State Placement Test (NYSPT) and the Combined English Language Skills Assessment (CELSA), with the Mainstream English Language Training (MELT) project Student Performance Levels (SPLs) in order to facilitate the reporting of student progress in adult ESL programs. A random sample of 593 adult ESL students was drawn from 3 programs in the western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, that are representative of the ESL programs across the state. Between November 1998 and May 1999, the students in this sample were tested in a counterbalanced random groups design, pairing the NYSPT with the Basic English Skills Test (BEST) Oral test and the CELSA with the BEST Literacy test. In a statistical analysis, highly positive correlations were found between the two oral tests (0.85) and between the two literacy tests (0.78). Since the two sections of the BEST had already been equated with the MELT SPLs, they were used to establish SPLs for each student in the sample. These data were then used to establish score ranges for the NYSPT and the CELSA at each SPL. In addition to equating these tests statistically with the SPLs, the research team collected qualitative data in the form of surveys and interviews in order to make recommendations for how the tests might be used to report student progress in adult ESL programs. Twelve appendixes contain statistical details and the forms used in the study. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.; Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield.
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Note: "Submitted by a Coalition representing the West Suburban Area Planning Council."