Validation in Language Assessment: Selected Papers from the 17th Language Testing Research Colloquium, Long Beach

Validation in Language Assessment: Selected Papers from the 17th Language Testing Research Colloquium, Long Beach

Validation in Language Assessment: Selected Papers from the 17th Language Testing Research Colloquium, Long Beach

Validation in Language Assessment: Selected Papers from the 17th Language Testing Research Colloquium, Long Beach

Synopsis

Validation in Language Assessment contributes to the variety of validation approaches and analytical and interpretive techniques only recently adopted by language assessment researchers. Featuring selected papers from the 17th Language Testing Research Colloquium, the volume presents diverse approaches with an international perspective on validation in language assessment.

Excerpt

Although validation of language (second and foreign language) assessment instruments is considered a necessary technical component of test design, development, maintenance, and research as well as a moral imperative for all stakeholders who include test developers, test-score users, test stockholders, and test-takers, only recently have language assessment researchers started using a wide variety of validation approaches and analytical and interpretive techniques.

This volume, which is, made up of selected papers from the 17th Language Testing Research Colloquium, the premier annual international conference, contributes to this variety by presenting diverse approaches with an international perspective of validation in language assessment. the volume opens with an introduction to approaches to validation in language assessment in published research in the last 15 years. This is followed by 11 chapters in 3 sections: Part I presents four papers that focus on validation through the stages of test development and test-taking process. Part ii presents six papers that focus on validation by examining data from test- taker characteristics and test-taker feedback. Part iii presents an analytical assessment of the presentations at 15 Language Testing Research Colloquiums. in all, the 12 chapters provide excellent examples of the different approaches language assessment researchers have taken to validation. in addition, the international perspective offered coupled with an annotated suggested readings list after each chapter should interest a wide variety of individuals interested in validation of language assessment instruments:

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