ERIC Number: EJ1108621
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Psychometrics in Support of a Valid Assessment of Linguistic Minorities: Implications for the Test and Sampling Designs
Oliveri, María Elena; von Davier, Alina A.
International Journal of Testing, v16 n3 p220-239 2016
In this study, we propose that the unique needs and characteristics of linguistic minorities should be considered throughout the test development process. Unlike most measurement invariance investigations in the assessment of linguistic minorities, which typically are conducted after test administration, we propose strategies that focus on the early stages of test development. Our approaches involve considering linguistic minorities in the selection of the test and sampling designs. We posit that joint consideration of these issues preemptively can strengthen the claims derived from tests used to assess linguistically diverse populations. This also will contribute to more psychometrically robust assessments, which can yield accurate and valid score-based inferences for linguistic minorities. To this end, we provide various examples and methodological approaches that can be used in the selection of the test and sampling designs that take these issues into consideration.
Descriptors: Psychometrics, Linguistics, Test Construction, Testing, Language Minorities, Test Bias, Statistical Analysis, Test Results, Pretests Posttests, Pilot Projects, Test Wiseness, Test Validity, Sampling, Scoring
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