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ERIC Number: EJ815348
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1062-7197
Measuring Students' Level of English Proficiency: Educational Significance and Assessment Requirements
Abedi, Jamal
Educational Assessment, v13 n2-3 p193-214 Apr 2008
This article discusses the status of existing English language proficiency (ELP) tests, and compares the content coverage and psychometric characteristics of ELP assessments that existed prior to the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) with those developed after NCLB Title III guidelines were introduced. The article argues that the newly developed ELP assessments (post-NCLB) exhibit higher assessment quality when compared with most ELP tests developed prior to NCLB (pre-NCLB). However, more work needs to be done if the new ELP assessments are to inform the instruction and content-based assessment of English language learner students. The results of analyses suggest that ELP assessment outcomes can help inform decisions regarding participation of English language learner students in state content-based assessments. (Contains 5 tables and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001