ERIC Number: EJ1044795
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 89
Guidelines versus Practices in Cross-Lingual Assessment: A Disconcerting Disconnect
Rios, Joseph A.; Sireci, Stephen G.
International Journal of Testing, v14 n4 p289-312 2014
The International Test Commission's "Guidelines for Translating and Adapting Tests" (2010) provide important guidance on developing and evaluating tests for use across languages. These guidelines are widely applauded, but the degree to which they are followed in practice is unknown. The objective of this study was to perform a systematic review of published articles to determine whether the methodologies related to test adaptation and evaluation of cross-lingual measurement bias have improved since the initial publication of the "Guidelines." Results demonstrated that although reporting reliability estimates and statistically analyzing construct equivalence improved since publication of the "Guidelines," the majority of test development and validation practices in the published literature have not embraced the recommendations put forth by the International Test Commission. Overall, these findings call into question many of the inferences derived from cross-linguistic comparisons and clearly signal a need for better dissemination mechanisms of the "Guidelines."
Descriptors: Guidelines, Translation, Adaptive Testing, Second Languages, Test Use, Test Bias, Test Reliability, Statistical Analysis, Test Construction, Test Validity, Inferences, Comparative Analysis, Tests, Literature Reviews, Journal Articles
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