ERIC Number: ED492891
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
The Validity of Administering Large-Scale Content Assessments to English Language Learners: An Investigation from Three Perspectives. CSE Report 663
Abedi, Jamal; Bailey, Alison; Butler, Frances; Castellon-Wellington, Martha; Leon, Seth; Mirocha, James
National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST)
The research effort reported in this document addresses the important national need for determining the validity of large-scale content assessments in English with students who are in the process of acquiring English as a second language. Often these students have been excluded from such assessments, but there have been recent, growing efforts to include them. There is, however, considerable variability nationwide in the inclusion process. The focus of this report is on second language students--English language learners (ELLs)--who have been included in large-scale content assessments regardless of their language ability. Within the context of assuring equal educational access for all students, technical issues around validity are being examined from three perspectives. This report is organized into the following chapters: (1) Examining ELL and Non-ELL Student Performance Differences and Their Relationship to Background Factors: Continued Analyses of Extant Data (Jamal Abedi, Seth Leon, and James Mirocha); (2) Students' Concurrent Performance on Tests of English Language Proficiency and Academic Achievement (Frances A. Butler and Martha Castellon-Wellington); (3) Language Analysis of Standardized Achievement Tests: Considerations in the Assessment of English Language Learners (Alison L. Bailey); and (4) General Discussion and Recommendations (Alison L. Bailey, Frances A. Butler, and Jamal Abedi). (Individual chapters contain references.)
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Language Aptitude, Construct Validity, Performance Based Assessment, Background, Academic Achievement, Language Proficiency, Standardized Tests, Evaluation Criteria, Measurement, National Surveys, Individual Differences, Access to Education
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Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing, Los Angeles, CA.