Cultural Validity in Assessment Addressing Linguistic and Cultural Diversity

ISBN-10: 0415999804

ISBN-13: 9780415999809

Edition: 2011

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Assessment plays a powerful role in the process of education in the US and has a disproportionately negative impact on students who do not come from mainstream, middle-class backgrounds.What is assessment and how is it a cultural practice?How does failure to account for cultural variation and culture-based assumptions jeopardize validity?What is cultural validity in assessment?This guide for practicing and prospective teachers looks at the major issues in educational assessment and provides knowledge, techniques, and strategies to design and implement valid assessments for use in classrooms.The construct of "cultural validity" is introduced as an organizing principle for addressing the issues involved in ensuring fair and valid assessment of students from ethnolinguistic minority-group backgrounds. The role of language in assessment is explored in depth, not only as it relates to English language learners but to all students. Every step in the assessment process, from assessment selection and design to administration, scoring, score interpretation and is examined with a view to identifying ways of maximizing fairness and validity for all students. Examples and field-based work illustrate constructive practices and policies that hold promise to yield more authentic accountability than present practices can do. End-of-chapter activities help readers apply the content in their specific settings.
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List price: $51.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 12/20/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Cultural Validity in Assessment-Basic Concepts
Assessing the Cultural Validity of Assessment Practices: An Introduction
The Role of Language in Assessment
Assessing Students of Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Backgrounds
Assessing English Language Learners: Critical Issues
Cognition, Culture, Language, and Assessment: How to Select Culturally Valid Assessments in the Classroom
Using Appropriate Assessment Processes: How to Get Accurate Information about the Academic Knowledge and Skills of English Language Learners
Ensuring Valid Educational Assessments for ELL Students: Scores, Score Interpretation, and Assessment Uses
Promoting Cultural Validity in the Assessment of Bilingual Special Education Students
Overview of Current Federal Policies in Assessment and Accountability and their Impact on ELL Students
Field Efforts to Increase Cultural Validity in Assessment
Language Arts: Designing and Using a Reading Assessment for Learners Transitioning to English-Only Instruction
Addressing the Language Demands of Mathematics Assessments: Using a Language Framework and Field Research Findings
Science and Literacy Assessments with English Language Learners
Reflections on the Promise of Cultural Validity in Assessment
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