ERIC Number: EJ999467
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
The Grade 3 Provincial Achievement Tests: In Need of Revamping?
Alberta Journal of Educational Research, v58 n3 p425-443 Fall 2012
This article advances an argument for retaining but revamping the grade 3 Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs). Alberta's demographic landscape is rapidly changing to include significant numbers of English language learners who are still in the early stages of developing English language proficiency at grade 3. Online tools are used to generate vocabulary profiles from exemplars of three standards of achievement: excellent, proficient and satisfactory. These are compared along various indices of vocabulary diversity. The findings provide striking evidence for rethinking the place of vocabulary in the overall assessment framework of the PATs, and in turn, for emphasizing the need for direct and explicit vocabulary instruction from the earliest of formal schooling experiences for immigrant children and the children of immigrants.
Descriptors: Immigrants, Achievement Tests, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, Vocabulary, English Language Learners, Language Proficiency, Grade 3, Vocabulary Development, Elementary School Students, Test Construction
University of Alberta, Faculty of Education. 845 Education Centre South, Edmonton, AB T6G 2G5, Canada. Tel: 780-492-7941; Fax: 780-492-0236; Web site: http://ajer.synergiesprairies.ca
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada