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Kobrin, Jennifer L.; Shaw, Emily J. – College Board, 2012
It is well-documented that students' prior knowledge, cultural background, and language proficiency play a role in how they read, interpret, and respond to writing tasks (Barkaoui, 2007; Connor & Kramer, 1995; Hinkel, 2002). Essays written by students from different language backgrounds often differ in their linguistic, stylistic, and…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Scores
Kaliski, Pamela; Huff, Kristen; Barry, Carol – College Board, 2011
For educational achievement tests that employ multiple-choice (MC) items and aim to reliably classify students into performance categories, it is critical to design MC items that are capable of discriminating student performance according to the stated achievement levels. This is accomplished, in part, by clearly understanding how item design…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), Academic Achievement, Expertise, Evaluative Thinking
Wiley, Andrew – College Board, 2009
Presented at the national conference for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in 2009. This discussed the development and implementation of the new SAT writing section.
Descriptors: Aptitude Tests, Writing Tests, Test Construction, Test Format
Patelis, Thanos; Matos-Elefonte, Haifa – College Board, 2009
Presented at the Annual National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME) in San Diego in April 2009. This presentation explores how the College Board strives to ensure the relevance and utility of score reporting practices and methods for the PSAT/NMSQT and SAT scores. The new reporting methods allow for greater interaction and intervention at…
Descriptors: High School Students, College Entrance Examinations, Aptitude Tests, Standardized Tests
Hendrickson, Amy; Patterson, Brian; Melican, Gerald – College Board, 2008
Presented at the Annual National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME) in New York in March 2008. This presentation explores how different item weighting can affect the effective weights, validity coefficents and test reliability of composite scores among test takers.
Descriptors: Multiple Choice Tests, Test Format, Test Validity, Test Reliability