Cultural Validity in Assessment Addressing Linguistic and Cultural Diversity
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Description: 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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Copyright year: 2011
Publication date: 12/20/2010
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
|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|
|List of Contributors|