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ERIC Number: EJ1060774
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1530-5058
A Framework for Developing Comparable Multilingual Assessments for Minority Populations: Why Context Matters
Oliveri, Maria Elena; Ercikan, Kadriye; Simon, Marielle
International Journal of Testing, v15 n2 p94-113 2015
The assessment of linguistic minorities often involves using multiple language versions of assessments. In these assessments, comparability of scores across language groups is central to valid comparative interpretations. Various frameworks and guidelines describe factors that need to be considered when developing comparable assessments. These frameworks provide limited information in relation to the development of multiple language versions of assessments for assessing linguistic minorities within countries. To this end, we make various suggestions for the types of factors that should be considered when assessing linguistic minorities. Our recommendations are tailored to the particular constraints potentially faced by various jurisdictions tasked with developing multiple language versions of assessments for linguistic minorities. These challenges include having limited financial and staffing resources to develop comparable assessments and having insufficient sample sizes to perform psychometric analyses (e.g., item response theory) to examine comparability. Although we contextualize our study by focusing on linguistic minorities within Canada due to its bilingual status, our findings may also apply to other bilingual and multilingual countries with similar minority/majority contexts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada