Evaluating Language Assessments
To Be Published November 15th 2013 by Routledge – 272 pages
The first title in the exciting new series New Perspectives in Language Assessment, this volume offers a sound understanding of the theoretical bases for language assessment and the research methodologies to carry out evaluations of language assessments. The reader will also find timely and pertinent discussions of assessment evaluation in its wider political, economic, social, legal, and ethical contexts. Relevant quantitative and qualitative research methods are illustrated through detailed presentations of key studies.
Part 1: Overview. Chapter 1: Language assessment - contexts. Chapter 2: Assessment evaluation framework. Part 2: Evaluation evidence. Chapter 3: The political, economic, educational, social and cultural, legal and ethical. Chapter 4: Validation - content, criterion, and reliability. Chapter 5: Validation - construct. Chapter 6: Validation - test methods, technology, test scoring. Chapter 7: Absence of bias - content and language. Chapter 8: Access - opportunity to learn and accommodations. Chapter 9: Administration - uniformity, security, scoring, reporting, diagnosis. Part 3: Overall evaluation argument. Chapter 10: Building arguments - possibilities and challenges, monitoring and accreditation.
Antony John Kunnan is Professor, California State University, Los Angeles. James E. Purpura is Associate Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University.