International Language Testing Association, NLLIA Language Testing Research Centre, Department of Applied Linguistics and Language Studies, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3052, Australia.
The Task Force on Testing Standards (TFTS) of the International Language Testing Association was charged to produce a report of an international survey of language assessment standards, to provide for exchange of information on standards and for development of a code of practice. Contact with individuals in both language testing and the broader educational testing domain in countries around the world resulted in the collection of 110 documents on standards. These documents are described here, in bibliographic format. Actual copies of the documents reside with TFTS. An introductory section details the survey's methodology and summarizes its results. In a brief conclusion, four specific recommendations are made. (1) reconstitution of the TFTS; (2) creation of a summary of standards information for each country; (3) active pursuit of world standards in language testing, beginning with a definition of the term "standard"; and (4) establishment of the bibliography as a dynamic and ongoing database. Appended materials, the bulk of the document, include: the TFTS charge and inquiry letters; summaries of materials received from each country responding; and further general comments and notes on contacts made. Two chapters of a published text on test construction and evaluation are available in the first 100 printed reports only and are not available in the ERIC document or any other copies of this report. (MSE)