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ERIC Number: EJ1039787
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 74
ISSN: ISSN-0895-7347
Probabilistic Approaches to Examining Linguistic Features of Test Items and Their Effect on the Performance of English Language Learners
Solano-Flores, Guillermo
Applied Measurement in Education, v27 n4 p236-247 2014
This article addresses validity and fairness in the testing of English language learners (ELLs)--students in the United States who are developing English as a second language. It discusses limitations of current approaches to examining the linguistic features of items and their effect on the performance of ELL students. The article submits that these limitations stem from the fact that current ELL testing practices are not effective in addressing three basic notions on the nature of language and the linguistic features of test items: (a) language is a probabilistic phenomenon, (b) the linguistic features of test items are multidimensional and interconnected, and (c) each test item has a unique set of linguistic affordances and constraints. Along with the limitations of current testing practices, for each notion, the article discusses evidence of the effectiveness of several probabilistic approaches to examining the linguistic features of test items in ELL testing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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