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Sinharay, Sandip; Dorans, Neil J.; Liang, Longjuan – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2011
Over the past few decades, those who take tests in the United States have exhibited increasing diversity with respect to native language. Standard psychometric procedures for ensuring item and test fairness that have existed for some time were developed when test-taking groups were predominantly native English speakers. A better understanding of…
Descriptors: Test Bias, Testing Programs, Psychometrics, Language Proficiency
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Pennock-Roman, Maria; Rivera, Charlene – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2011
The objective was to examine the impact of different types of accommodations on performance in content tests such as mathematics. The meta-analysis included 14 U.S. studies that randomly assigned school-aged English language learners (ELLs) to test accommodation versus control conditions or used repeated measures in counter-balanced order.…
Descriptors: Testing Accommodations, Printed Materials, Second Language Learning, Glossaries
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Fairbairn, Shelley B.; Fox, Janna – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2009
Substantial growth in the numbers of English language learners (ELLs) in the United States and Canada in recent years has significantly affected the educational systems of both countries. This article focuses on critical issues and concerns related to the assessment of ELLs in U.S. and Canadian schools and emphasizes assessment approaches for test…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Testing, Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries