ERIC Number: EJ1173804
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Construct Validity of the Nepalese School Leaving English Reading Test
Dawadi, Saraswati; Shrestha, Prithvi N.
Educational Assessment, v23 n2 p102-120 2018
There has been a steady interest in investigating the validity of language tests in the last decades. Despite numerous studies on construct validity in language testing, there are not many studies examining the construct validity of a reading test. This paper reports on a study that explored the construct validity of the English reading test in the Nepalese school leaving examination. Eight students were asked to take the test and think-aloud, followed by retrospective interviews. Additionally, seven experts were asked to make judgments regarding the skills tested by the test. The findings provide grounded insights into students' response behaviors prompted by the reading tasks, and indicate some threats to the construct validity of the test. Additionally, the study reports a low level of agreement among the experts, and a big gap between the skills used by the students and the skills that the experts thought were being examined by the test.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Construct Validity, Reading Tests, English (Second Language), Exit Examinations, Protocol Analysis, Interviews, Skill Analysis, Response Style (Tests), Interrater Reliability, Test Wiseness, Program Validation, Grade 10, Observation, Objective Tests, Task Analysis, Reading Strategies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Grade 10
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Identifiers - Location: Nepal
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