Language Testing and Assessment Article Aggregation Service
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This web page lists articles in general applied linguistics and educational research journals that may be related to language testing and assessment, or use language tests as part of their methodology. Over thirty widely used journals are currently scanned for relevant articles. Content of the specialist language testing journals can be found here.

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  • Beyond single-word measures: L2 writing assessment, lexical richness and formulaic competence
    Posted on 18 Aug 2017 at 9:52 pm
    Publication date: October 2017
    Source:System, Volume 69
    Author(s): Yves Bestgen
    Formulaic competence, the native-like use of ready-made sequences of words, is a key aspect in the development ... (show all)

  • A longitudinal investigation of parental social-economic status (SES) and young students? learning of English as a foreign language
    Posted on 18 Aug 2017 at 9:52 pm
    Publication date: Available online 29 July 2017
    Author(s): Yuko Goto Butler, Vi-Nhuan Le
    Despite the growing tendency worldwide to lower the starting age of English education,... (show all)

  • Cross-language mediation in foreign language teaching and testing, Maria Stathopoulou. Multilingual Matters, Bristol (2015)
    Posted on 18 Aug 2017 at 9:52 pm
    Publication date: Available online 31 July 2017
    Author(s): Celia Antoniou

  • Making and Using Word Lists for Language Learning and Testing, I.S.P. Nation. John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam (2016)
    Posted on 18 Aug 2017 at 9:52 pm
    Publication date: Available online 19 July 2017
    Author(s): William Michael Lake

  • Keeping up and forging ahead: English language outcomes of proficient bilingual adolescents in the United States
    Posted on 18 Aug 2017 at 9:52 pm
    Publication date: July 2017
    Source:System, Volume 67
    Author(s): Becky H. Huang, Dennis S. Davis, Jitrapa Rana Ngamsomjan
    Research on the English language outcomes of bilingual adolescents... (show all)

  • What contemporary work are student ratings actually doing in higher education?
    Posted on 18 Aug 2017 at 6:22 pm
    Publication date: September 2017
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation, Volume 54
    Author(s): Stephen Darwin
    It is conventionally assumed that student ratings perform a significant function... (show all)

  • Teachers? conceptions of assessment: Comparing two inventories with Ecuadorian teachers
    Posted on 18 Aug 2017 at 6:22 pm
    Publication date: December 2017
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation, Volume 55
    Author(s): Gavin T.L. Brown, Ana Remesal
    Teacher beliefs about the purpose of assessment matter to how as... (show all)

  • Effects of a data-based decision making intervention on student achievement
    Posted on 18 Aug 2017 at 6:22 pm
    Publication date: December 2017
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation, Volume 55
    Author(s): L. (Laura) Staman, A.C. (Anneke) Timmermans, A.J. (Adrie) Visscher
    Data-based decision makin... (show all)

  • Investigating the allocation and corroboration of individual grades for project-based learning
    Posted on 18 Aug 2017 at 6:22 pm
    Publication date: June 2017
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation, Volume 53
    Author(s): Simon Williams
    Concerned with grade allocation, contribution and an emphasis on final product produc... (show all)

  • Operationalization of Bachman?s model via a multimodal reading comprehension test: Screening test method facets and testees? characteristics
    Posted on 18 Aug 2017 at 6:22 pm
    Publication date: December 2016
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation, Volume 51
    Author(s): Shima Ghahari, Sima Ahmadinejad
    Test performance is a function both of the test takers? person... (show all)

  • Text-based sustainable assessment: A case of first-year information and communication technology networking students
    Posted on 18 Aug 2017 at 6:22 pm
    Publication date: December 2017
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation, Volume 55
    Author(s): A. Kayode Adesemowo, Yemisi Oyedele, Opeoluwa Oyedele
    The notion of sustainable assessment i... (show all)

  • Classroom assessment in the eyes of Chinese primary mathematics teachers: A review of teacher-written papers
    Posted on 18 Aug 2017 at 6:22 pm
    Publication date: March 2017
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation, Volume 52
    Author(s): Xiaoyan Zhao, Marja Van den Heuvel-Panhuizen, Michiel Veldhuis
    In this paper we report on a rev... (show all)

  • Perspectives of teachers on differentiated teaching in multi-cultural South African secondary schools
    Posted on 18 Aug 2017 at 6:22 pm
    Publication date: June 2017
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation, Volume 53
    Author(s): Thelma de Jager
    South African teachers encounter numerous challenges in the creation of differentiat... (show all)

  • The effect of blended learning on student performance at course-level in higher education: A meta-analysis
    Posted on 18 Aug 2017 at 6:22 pm
    Publication date: June 2017
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation, Volume 53
    Author(s): Hien M. Vo, Chang Zhu, Nguyet A. Diep
    The present paper analyzes the impact of blended learning ... (show all)

  • Teacher evaluation: Are principals? classroom observations accurate at the conclusion of training?
    Posted on 18 Aug 2017 at 6:22 pm
    Publication date: December 2017
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation, Volume 55
    Author(s): Christi Bergin, Stefanie A. Wind, Sara Grajeda, Chia-Lin Tsai
    Teacher evaluation commonly ... (show all)

  • The impact of frequency and register on cognate facilitation: Comparing Romanian and Vietnamese speakers on the Vocabulary Levels Test
    Posted on 18 Aug 2017 at 5:00 pm
    Publication date: July 2017
    Source:English for Specific Purposes, Volume 47
    Author(s): Maria Claudia Petrescu, Rena Helms-Park, Vedran Dronjic
    The Cognate Facilitation Hypothesis proposes... (show all)

  • Life after oral English certification: The consequences of the Test of Oral English Proficiency for Academic Staff for EMI lecturers
    Posted on 18 Aug 2017 at 5:00 pm
    Publication date: April 2017
    Source:English for Specific Purposes, Volume 46
    Author(s): Slobodanka Dimova
    Internationalization of higher education has resulted in rapid developments of Englis... (show all)

  • Exploring the impact of English-medium instruction on university student academic achievement: The case of accounting
    Posted on 18 Aug 2017 at 5:00 pm
    Publication date: October 2016
    Source:English for Specific Purposes, Volume 44
    Author(s): Emma Dafouz, M. Mar Camacho-Miñano
    As higher education institutions (HEIs) across the world strive ... (show all)

  • Managing disruptive student conduct: Negative emotions and accountability in reproach-response sequences
    Posted on 18 Aug 2017 at 4:39 pm
    Publication date: February 2017
    Source:Linguistics and Education, Volume 37
    Author(s): Ann-Carita Evaldsson, Helen Melander
    Building on an ethnomethodological multimodal conversation analyt... (show all)

  • Historical literacy in bilingual settings: Cognitive academic language in CLIL history narratives
    Posted on 18 Aug 2017 at 4:39 pm
    Publication date: February 2017
    Source:Linguistics and Education, Volume 37
    Author(s): Francisco Lorenzo
    Language competence has proven to vary substantially across school disciplines. This p... (show all)

  • An ?enlightening course that empowers first years??: A holistic assessment of the impact of a first-year academic literacy course
    Posted on 18 Aug 2017 at 7:39 am
    Publication date: May 2017
    Source:Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Volume 27
    Author(s): Ilse Fouché, Tobie van Dyk, Gustav Butler
    This article reports on a study which assessed t... (show all)

  • Investigating the learning transfer of genre features and conceptual knowledge from an academic literacy course to business studies: Exploring the potential of dynamic assessment
    Posted on 18 Aug 2017 at 7:39 am
    Publication date: January 2017
    Source:Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Volume 25
    Author(s): Prithvi N. Shrestha
    Academic literacy courses aim to enable higher education students to p... (show all)

  • Exploring rater conceptions of academic stance and engagement during group tutorial discussion assessment
    Posted on 18 Aug 2017 at 7:39 am
    Publication date: July 2017
    Source:Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Volume 28
    Author(s): Peter Crosthwaite, Simon Boynton, Sam Cole
    The present study uses concurrent think-aloud ... (show all)

  • The Planning, Implementation, and Assessment of an International Internship Program: An Exploratory Case Study
    Posted on 18 Aug 2017 at 7:35 am
    by Shu-Ling Wu
    This exploratory case study reported the planning, implementation, and assessment of an international internship undertaken in a Taiwanese company by an American university student who was operatin... (show all)

  • To Delay or Not to Delay: The Timing of Chinese Character Instruction for Secondary Learners
    Posted on 11 Aug 2017 at 4:00 am
    by Ellen Knell, Hai-I (Nancy) West
    The timing of character instruction for beginning Chinese foreign language learners has been a controversial issue in Chinese language instruction for many decades. Some instructors teach character... (show all)

  • The Cognitive Validity of Child English Language Tests: What Young Language Learners and Their Native-Speaking Peers Can Reveal
    Posted on 20 Jul 2017 at 4:41 am
    by Paula Winke, Shinhye Lee, Jieun Irene Ahn, Ina Choi, Yaqiong Cui, Hyung-Jo Yoon
    This study investigated the cognitive validity of two child English language tests. Some teachers maintain that these types of tests may be cognitively invalid because native-English-speaking child... (show all)

  • Word frequency and readability: Predicting the text-level readability with a lexical-level attribute
    Posted on 19 Jul 2017 at 12:45 am
    by Xiaobin Chen, Detmar Meurers
    Assessment of text readability is important for assigning texts at the appropriate level to readers at different proficiency levels. The present research approached readability assessment from the ... (show all)

  • Chilean educational centers and the external counselling process: A look from the perspective of its protagonists
    Posted on 17 Jul 2017 at 1:00 am
    by Mario Fabian Garay Aguilar, Marita Sánchez Moreno
    The article presents the analysis of the assessment and perception of school principals, teachers and advisors with regard to the counselling processes developed in the context of the Preferential ... (show all)

  • Hearing and Seeing Tone Through Color: An Efficacy Study of Web-Based, Multimodal Chinese Tone Perception Training
    Posted on 11 Jul 2017 at 12:25 am
    by Aline Godfroid, Chin-Hsi Lin, Catherine Ryu
    Multimodal approaches have been shown to be effective for many learning tasks. In this study, we compared the effectiveness of five multimodal methods for second language (L2) Mandarin tone percept... (show all)

  • Developing mental orthographic representations in refugee spellers with low literacy: how much input is too much?
    Posted on 28 Jun 2017 at 9:55 pm
    by Heather Smyser, Mary Alt
    Background We used two principles of implicit learning, variability and complexity, to train mental orthographic representations in refugee English learners to improve spelling. Methods Twenty-ei... (show all)

  • The Development of Sensitivity to Grammatical Violations in American Sign Language: Native Versus Nonnative Signers
    Posted on 5 Jun 2017 at 9:15 pm
    by Rama Novogrodsky, Jon Henner, Catherine Caldwell-Harris, Robert Hoffmeister
    Factors influencing native and nonnative signers? syntactic judgment ability in American Sign Language (ASL) were explored for 421 deaf students aged 7;6?18;5. Predictors for syntactic knowledge we... (show all)

  • Toward Useful Assessment and Evaluation of Heritage Language Learning
    Posted on 20 May 2017 at 4:05 pm
    by Young-A Son
    With a growing population of heritage language speakers in the United States and an increasing enrollment of heritage language learners (HLLs) in language classrooms (Beaudrie & Ducar, 2012; Carrei... (show all)

  • The Interface of Explicit and Implicit Knowledge in a Second Language: Insights From Individual Differences in Cognitive Aptitudes
    Posted on 18 May 2017 at 4:31 am
    by Yuichi Suzuki, Robert DeKeyser
    Recent research has called for the use of fine-grained measures that distinguish implicit knowledge from automatized explicit knowledge. In the current study, such measures were used to determine h... (show all)

  • How Well Do U.S. High School Students Achieve in Spanish When Compared to Native Spanish Speakers?
    Posted on 5 May 2017 at 8:05 am
    by Richard L. Sparks, Julie Luebbers, Martha E. Castañeda
    Foreign language educators have developed measures to assess the proficiency of U.S. high school learners. Most have compared language learners to clearly defined criteria for proficiency in the la... (show all)

  • Prompting All Students to Learn: Examining Dynamic Assessment of Special Needs and Typical Students in a Prekindergarten Inclusive French Program
    Posted on 26 Apr 2017 at 11:10 am
    by Michele Regalla, Hilal Peker
    This study examined a teacher's prompting strategies and the use of dynamic assessment (DA) in an inclusive prekindergarten French program. Prior research has shown that DA is an effective method t... (show all)

  • Transforming Ways of Enhancing Foreign Language Acquisition in the Spanish Classroom: Experiential Learning Approaches
    Posted on 26 Apr 2017 at 11:05 am
    by Isabel Moreno-López, Aida Ramos-Sellman, Citlali Miranda-Aldaco, Maria Teresa Gomis Quinto
    The researchers used qualitative and quantitative instruments to measure students? linguistic gains and their opinions and attitudes toward intercultural awareness while studying Spanish as a forei... (show all)

  • The Optimal Distribution of Practice for the Acquisition of L2 Morphology: A Conceptual Replication and Extension
    Posted on 23 Mar 2017 at 10:05 pm
    by Yuichi Suzuki
    This study examined optimal learning schedules for second language (L2) acquisition of a morphological structure. Sixty participants studied the simple and complex morphological rules of a novel mi... (show all)

  • Supporting emergent literacy for English language learners with computer-assisted instruction
    Posted on 20 Mar 2017 at 2:35 am
    by Jerrell C. Cassady, Lawrence L. Smith, Christopher L. Thomas
    The growing number of students whose primary language does not match the language of their schools and a steadily growing performance gap has prompted widespread attention to support emergent liter... (show all)

  • Making Sense of Learner Performance on Tests of Productive Vocabulary Knowledge
    Posted on 31 Jan 2017 at 5:29 am
    by Tess Fitzpatrick, Jon Clenton
    This article offers a solution to a significant problem for teachers and researchers of language learning that confounds their interpretations and expectations of test data: The apparent simplicity... (show all)

  • On the validity and sensitivity of the phonics screening check: erratum and further analysis
    Posted on 13 Jan 2017 at 3:40 am
    by James M. Gilchrist, Margaret J. Snowling
    Duff, Mengoni, Bailey and Snowling (Journal of Research in Reading, 38: 109?123; 2015) evaluated the sensitivity and specificity of the phonics screening check against two reference standards. This... (show all)

  • How simple is reading in Arabic? A cross-sectional investigation of reading comprehension from first to sixth grade
    Posted on 23 Dec 2016 at 4:53 am
    by Ibrahim A. Asadi, Asaid Khateb, Michal Shany
    This study aimed to examine, from a cross-sectional perspective, the extent to which the simple view of reading (SVR) model can be adapted to the Arabic language. This was carried out by verifying,... (show all)

  • ELL School Readiness and Pre-Kindergarten Care
    Posted on 6 Dec 2016 at 9:13 pm
    by Gottfried, M. A.

    The increased utilization of non-parental pre-kindergarten care has spurred interest by both researchers and policy makers as to what types of care might be effective at boosting school readiness. ...

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  • Vocabulary and Reading Performances of Redesignated Fluent English Proficient Students
    Posted on 30 Nov 2016 at 2:50 am
    by Jin Kyoung Hwang, Joshua Fahey Lawrence, Catherine Snow, Penelope Collins
    In this article, the researchers examined general vocabulary, academic vocabulary, and reading comprehension growth trajectories of adolescent redesignated fluent English proficient (RFEP) students... (show all)

  • Essay Selection Methods for Adaptive Rater Monitoring
    Posted on 29 Nov 2016 at 11:28 pm
    by Wang, C., Song, T., Wang, Z., Wolfe, E.

    Constructed-response items are commonly used in educational and psychological testing, and the answers to those items are typically scored by human raters. In the current rater monitoring processes...

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  • Live Versus Video Observations: Comparing the Reliability and Validity of Two Methods of Assessing Classroom Quality
    Posted on 7 Nov 2016 at 4:52 am
    by Curby, T. W., Johnson, P., Mashburn, A. J., Carlis, L.

    When conducting classroom observations, researchers are often confronted with the decision of whether to conduct observations live or by using pre-recorded video. The present study focuses on compa...

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  • Test Review: An Interview With Amy Gabel: About the WISC-V
    Posted on 7 Nov 2016 at 4:52 am
    by Greathouse, D., Shaughnessy, M. F.

    Whenever a major intelligence or achievement test is revised, there is always renewed interest in the underlying structure of the test as well as a renewed interest in the scoring, administration, ...

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  • Application of a Cognitive Diagnostic Model to a High-Stakes Reading Comprehension Test
    Posted on 7 Nov 2016 at 4:52 am
    by Ravand, H.

    General cognitive diagnostic models (CDM) such as the generalized deterministic input, noisy, "and" gate (G-DINA) model are flexible in that they allow for both compensatory and noncompensatory rel...

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  • Inferential statistics in Language Teaching Research: A review and ways forward
    Posted on 17 Oct 2016 at 10:19 pm
    by Lindstromberg, S.

    This article reviews all (quasi)experimental studies appearing in the first 19 volumes (1997–2015) of Language Teaching Research (LTR). Specifically, it provides an overview of how statistical anal...

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  • Exploration of Item Selection in Dual-Purpose Cognitive Diagnostic Computerized Adaptive Testing: Based on the RRUM
    Posted on 7 Oct 2016 at 5:55 am
    by Dai, B., Zhang, M., Li, G.

    Cognitive diagnostic computerized adaptive testing (CD-CAT) can be divided into two broad categories: (a) single-purpose tests, which are based on the subject’s knowledge state (KS) alone, and (b) ...

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  • Classification Performance of Answer-Copying Indices Under Different Types of IRT Models
    Posted on 7 Oct 2016 at 5:55 am
    by Zopluoglu, C.

    Test fraud has recently received increased attention in the field of educational testing, and the use of comprehensive integrity analysis after test administration is recommended for investigating ...

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  • High-Efficiency Response Distribution-Based Item Selection Algorithms for Short-Length Cognitive Diagnostic Computerized Adaptive Testing
    Posted on 7 Oct 2016 at 5:55 am
    by Zheng, C., Chang, H.-H.

    Cognitive diagnostic computerized adaptive testing (CD-CAT) purports to obtain useful diagnostic information with great efficiency brought by CAT technology. Most of the existing CD-CAT item select...

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  • Contributions of print exposure to first and second grade oral language and reading in Chile
    Posted on 29 Sep 2016 at 3:50 am
    by Katherine Strasser, Daniela Vergara, M. Francisca Río
    This study examines the contribution of print exposure to oral language (expressive vocabulary and listening comprehension) and reading (word reading and reading comprehension) in first and second ... (show all)

  • Validity theory: Reform policies, accountability testing, and consequences
    Posted on 19 Sep 2016 at 10:07 pm
    by Chalhoub-Deville, M.

    Educational policies such as Race to the Top in the USA affirm a central role for testing systems in government-driven reform efforts. Such reform policies are often referred to as the global educa...

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  • Differential and long-term language impact on math
    Posted on 19 Sep 2016 at 10:07 pm
    by Chen, F., Chalhoub-Deville, M.

    Literature provides consistent evidence that there is a strong relationship between language proficiency and math achievement. However, research results show conflicts supporting either an increasi...

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  • Validity of the American Sign Language Discrimination Test
    Posted on 19 Sep 2016 at 10:07 pm
    by Bochner, J. H., Samar, V. J., Hauser, P. C., Garrison, W. M., Searls, J. M., Sanders, C. A.

    American Sign Language (ASL) is one of the most commonly taught languages in North America. Yet, few assessment instruments for ASL proficiency have been developed, none of which have adequately de...

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  • Comparing C-tests and Yes/No vocabulary size tests as predictors of receptive language skills
    Posted on 19 Sep 2016 at 10:07 pm
    by Harsch, C., Hartig, J.

    Placement and screening tests serve important functions, not only with regard to placing learners at appropriate levels of language courses but also with a view to maximizing the effectiveness of a...

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  • Elicited imitation as a measure of second language proficiency: A narrative review and meta-analysis
    Posted on 19 Sep 2016 at 10:07 pm
    by Yan, X., Maeda, Y., Lv, J., Ginther, A.

    Elicited imitation (EI) has been widely used to examine second language (L2) proficiency and development and was an especially popular method in the 1970s and early 1980s. However, as the field emb...

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  • Development and Validation of the Frost Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale-Brief
    Posted on 14 Sep 2016 at 11:46 pm
    by Burgess, A. M., Frost, R. O., DiBartolo, P. M.

    Twenty-five years ago, one of the first empirically validated measures of perfectionism, the Frost et al. Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale (F-MPS) was published. Since that time, psychometric s...

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  • The Child-Adolescent Perfectionism Scale: Development, Psychometric Properties, and Associations With Stress, Distress, and Psychiatric Symptoms
    Posted on 14 Sep 2016 at 11:46 pm
    by Flett, G. L., Hewitt, P. L., Besser, A., Su, C., Vaillancourt, T., Boucher, D., Munro, Y., Davidson, L. A., Gale, O.

    There is growing interest in perfectionism among children and adolescents as well as growing interest in the measures designed to assess perfectionism in young people. The current article describes...

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  • Development and Initial Validation of the Performance Perfectionism Scale for Sport (PPS-S)
    Posted on 14 Sep 2016 at 11:46 pm
    by Hill, A. P., Appleton, P. R., Mallinson, S. H.

    Valid and reliable instruments are required to appropriately study perfectionism. With this in mind, three studies are presented that describe the development and initial validation of a new instru...

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  • A Dominance Variant Under the Multi-Unidimensional Pairwise-Preference Framework: Model Formulation and Markov Chain Monte Carlo Estimation
    Posted on 14 Sep 2016 at 10:21 pm
    by Morillo, D., Leenen, I., Abad, F. J., Hontangas, P., de la Torre, J., Ponsoda, V.

    Forced-choice questionnaires have been proposed as a way to control some response biases associated with traditional questionnaire formats (e.g., Likert-type scales). Whereas classical scoring meth...

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  • Parameter Drift Detection in Multidimensional Computerized Adaptive Testing Based on Informational Distance/Divergence Measures
    Posted on 14 Sep 2016 at 10:21 pm
    by Kang, H.-A., Chang, H.-H.

    An informational distance/divergence-based approach is proposed to detect the presence of parameter drift in multidimensional computerized adaptive testing (MCAT). The study presents significance t...

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  • A Novel Method for Expediting the Development of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures and an Evaluation Across Several Populations
    Posted on 14 Sep 2016 at 10:21 pm
    by Garrard, L., Price, L. R., Bott, M. J., Gajewski, B. J.

    Item response theory (IRT) models provide an appropriate alternative to the classical ordinal confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) during the development of patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs)....

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  • Dynamic Testing of Analogical Reasoning in 5- to 6-Year-Olds: Multiple-Choice Versus Constructed-Response Training Items
    Posted on 8 Aug 2016 at 2:49 am
    by Stevenson, C. E., Heiser, W. J., Resing, W. C. M.

    Multiple-choice (MC) analogy items are often used in cognitive assessment. However, in dynamic testing, where the aim is to provide insight into potential for learning and the learning process, con...

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  • Test-Taking Skills of High School Students With and Without Learning Disabilities
    Posted on 8 Aug 2016 at 2:49 am
    by Lewandowski, L. J., Berger, C., Lovett, B. J., Gordon, M.

    This study assessed the test-taking skills of 776 high school students, 35 of whom were diagnosed with learning disabilities (LD). Students completed a computerized battery of timed reading tests a...

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  • Validation of the Self-Regulation Scale in Chinese Children
    Posted on 8 Aug 2016 at 2:49 am
    by Zhou, Y., Bullock, A., Liu, J., Fu, R., Coplan, R. J., Cheah, C. S. L.

    Psychometric properties of the Chinese version of the Self-Regulation Scale (C-SRS) were examined in a sample of 1,458 third- to eighth-grade students in China. Children completed self-reports of s...

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  • Ability of Early Literacy Measures to Predict Future State Assessment Performance
    Posted on 8 Aug 2016 at 2:49 am
    by Utchell, L. A., Schmitt, A. J., McCallum, E., McGoey, K. E., Piselli, K.

    The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which early literacy measures administered in kindergarten and Oral Reading Fluency (ORF) measures administered in Grade 1 are related to an...

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  • Online Calibration of Polytomous Items Under the Generalized Partial Credit Model
    Posted on 5 Aug 2016 at 11:35 am
    by Zheng, Y.

    Online calibration is a technology-enhanced architecture for item calibration in computerized adaptive tests (CATs). Many CATs are administered continuously over a long term and rely on large item ...

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  • Multidimensional Computerized Adaptive Testing for Classifying Examinees With Within-Dimensionality
    Posted on 5 Aug 2016 at 11:35 am
    by van Groen, M. M., Eggen, T. J. H. M., Veldkamp, B. P.

    A classification method is presented for adaptive classification testing with a multidimensional item response theory (IRT) model in which items are intended to measure multiple traits, that is, wi...

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  • The impact of L2 German on component processes of reading
    Posted on 21 Jul 2016 at 1:50 am
    by Pauline Schröter, Sascha Schroeder
    Background In Germany, there is a substantial gap in reading literacy between monolingual children and their L2-speaking peers. Nevertheless, it is still unclear where these performance differences... (show all)

  • Assessing Measurement Invariance of the Student Personal Perception of Classroom Climate Across Different Ethnic Groups
    Posted on 11 Jul 2016 at 12:09 pm
    by Rubie-Davies, C., Asil, M., Teo, T.

    The class climate is acknowledged as being related to student learning. Students learn more in classrooms that are supportive and caring. However, there are few class climate instruments at the ele...

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  • Factor Analysis of the Preschool Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale for Children in Head Start Programs
    Posted on 11 Jul 2016 at 12:09 pm
    by Cress, C., Lambert, M. C., Epstein, M. H.

    Strength-based assessment of behaviors in preschool children provides evidence of emotional and behavioral skills in children, rather than focusing primarily on weaknesses identified by deficit-bas...

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  • Book Review: Talking about Language Assessment: The LAQ Interviews
    Posted on 16 Jun 2016 at 10:27 pm
    by McCord, R.

  • The selection of cognitive diagnostic models for a reading comprehension test
    Posted on 16 Jun 2016 at 10:27 pm
    by Li, H., Hunter, C. V., Lei, P.-W.

    Cognitive diagnostic models (CDMs) have great promise for providing diagnostic information to aid learning and instruction, and a large number of CDMs have been proposed. However, the assumptions a...

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  • Speaking self-assessment: Mismatches between learners and teachers criteria
    Posted on 16 Jun 2016 at 10:27 pm
    by Babaii, E., Taghaddomi, S., Pashmforoosh, R.

    Perceptual (mis)matches between teachers and learners are said to affect learning success or failure. Self-assessment, as a formative assessment tool, may, inter alia, be considered a means to mini...

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  • Predicting grades from an English language assessment: The importance of peeling the onion
    Posted on 16 Jun 2016 at 10:27 pm
    by Bridgeman, B., Cho, Y., DiPietro, S.

    Data from 787 international undergraduate students at an urban university in the United States were used to demonstrate the importance of separating a sample into meaningful subgroups in order to d...

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  • Task and rater effects in L2 speaking and writing: A synthesis of generalizability studies
    Posted on 16 Jun 2016 at 10:27 pm
    by Innami, Y., Koizumi, R.

    We addressed Deville and Chalhoub-Deville’s (2006), Schoonen’s (2012), and Xi and Mollaun’s (2006) call for research into the contextual features that are considered related to person-by-task inter...

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  • Removing bias towards World Englishes: The development of a Rater Attitude Instrument using Indian English as a stimulus
    Posted on 16 Jun 2016 at 10:27 pm
    by Hsu, T. H.-L.

    This study explores the attitudes of raters of English speaking tests towards the global spread of English and the challenges in rating speakers of Indian English in descriptive speaking tasks. The...

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  • Evolving Trends in Public Opinion on the Quality of Local Schools
    Posted on 13 Jun 2016 at 4:50 am
    by Bali, V. A.

    The ratings given by citizens to local public schools in the United States have been rising in the last decades. Using national public opinion surveys, this study seeks to understand the determinan...

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  • How much is enough? Involving occupational experts in setting standards on a specific-purpose language test for health professionals
    Posted on 23 May 2016 at 12:01 am
    by Pill, J., McNamara, T.

    This paper considers how to establish the minimum required level of professionally relevant oral communication ability in the medium of English for health practitioners with English as an additiona...

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  • Extending the scope of speaking assessment criteria in a specific-purpose language test: Operationalizing a health professional perspective
    Posted on 23 May 2016 at 12:01 am
    by OHagan, S., Pill, J., Zhang, Y.

    Criticism of specific-purpose language (LSP) tests is often directed at their limited ability to represent fully the demands of the target language use situation. Such criticisms extend to the crit...

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  • Exploring the limits of authenticity in LSP testing: The case of a specific-purpose language test for health professionals
    Posted on 23 May 2016 at 12:01 am
    by Elder, C.

  • Standard setting in specific-purpose language testing: What can a qualitative study add?
    Posted on 23 May 2016 at 12:01 am
    by Manias, E., McNamara, T.

    This paper explores the views of nursing and medical domain experts in considering the standards for a specific-purpose English language screening test, the Occupational English Test (OET), for pro...

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  • Drawing on indigenous criteria for more authentic assessment in a specific-purpose language test: Health professionals interacting with patients
    Posted on 23 May 2016 at 12:01 am
    by Pill, J.

    The indigenous assessment practices (Jacoby & McNamara, 1999) in selected health professions were investigated to inform a review of the scope of assessment in the speaking sub-test of a specific-p...

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  • The hunt for "indigenous criteria" in assessing communication in the physiotherapy workplace
    Posted on 23 May 2016 at 12:01 am
    by Elder, C., McNamara, T.

    Gaining insights from domain experts into how they view communication in real world settings is recognized as an important authenticity consideration in the development of criteria to assess langua...

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  • A comparative discourse study of simulated clinical roleplays in two assessment contexts: Validating a specific-purpose language test
    Posted on 23 May 2016 at 12:01 am
    by Woodward-Kron, R., Elder, C.

    The aim of this paper is to investigate from a discourse analytic perspective task authenticity in the speaking component of the Occupational English Test (OET), an English language screening test ...

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  • "Language," "communication," and the longing for the authentic in LSP testing
    Posted on 23 May 2016 at 12:01 am
    by Hoekje, B.

    This commentary argues that the OET research raises inescapable contradictions in trying to separate "language" from "communication" within a weak performance test and advocates for reconceptualizi...

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  • Language test as boundary object: Perspectives from test users in the healthcare domain
    Posted on 23 May 2016 at 12:01 am
    by Macqueen, S., Pill, J., Knoch, U.

    Objects that sit between intersecting social worlds, such as Language for Specific Purposes (LSP) tests, are boundary objects – dynamic, historically derived mechanisms which maintain coherence bet...

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  • Motivation Interventions in Education: A Meta-Analytic Review
    Posted on 9 May 2016 at 9:28 am
    by Lazowski, R. A., Hulleman, C. S.

    This meta-analysis provides an extensive and organized summary of intervention studies in education that are grounded in motivation theory. We identified 74 published and unpublished papers that ex...

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  • Mediated Development: A Vygotskian Approach to Transforming Second Language Learner Abilities
    Posted on 6 May 2016 at 7:20 am
    by Matthew E. Poehner, Paolo Infante
    The authors point to systemic-theoretical instruction (STI), which underscores the importance of abstract conceptual knowledge in schooling, and dynamic assessment (DA), in which mediators and lear... (show all)

  • Task-based language teaching: An empirical study of task transfer
    Posted on 5 May 2016 at 4:12 am
    by Benson, S. D.

    Since the 1980s, task-based language teaching (TBLT) has enjoyed considerable interest from researchers of second language acquisition (SLA), resulting in a growing body of empirical evidence to su...

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  • Focus on form through task repetition in TBLT
    Posted on 5 May 2016 at 4:12 am
    by van de Guchte, M., Braaksma, M., Rijlaarsdam, G., Bimmel, P.

    Because there has been little research on focus on form during the post-task phase in task-based language teaching, this experimental study investigates the effects of task repetition after having ...

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  • Similar prompts may not be similar in the performance they elicit: Examining fluency, complexity, accuracy, and lexis in narratives from five picture prompts
    Posted on 5 May 2016 at 4:12 am
    by de Jong, N., Vercellotti, M. L.

    Only a few characteristics of picture-based narrative prompts have been studied to determine what features affect task performance. Thus, it is not easy to identify equivalent narrative prompts or ...

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  • Production and perception of the English /ae/-/a/ contrast in switched-dominance speakers
    Posted on 17 Mar 2016 at 3:14 am
    by Casillas, J. V., Simonet, M.

    This study investigates how fluent second-language (L2) learners of English produce and perceive the /æ/–/a/ vowel contrast of Southwestern American English. Two learner groups are examined: (1) ea...

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  • Source(s) of syntactic cross-linguistic influence (CLI): The case of L3 acquisition of English possessives by Mazandarani-Persian bilinguals
    Posted on 17 Mar 2016 at 3:14 am
    by Fallah, N., Jabbari, A. A., Fazilatfar, A. M.

    This study investigates the role of previously acquired linguistic systems, Mazandarani and Persian, in the acquisition of third language (L3) English at the initial stages. The data have been obta...

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  • The Theory and Practice of Culturally Relevant Education: A Synthesis of Research Across Content Areas
    Posted on 8 Feb 2016 at 1:45 pm
    by Aronson, B., Laughter, J.

    Many teachers and educational researchers have claimed to adopt tenets of culturally relevant education (CRE). However, recent work describes how standardized curricula and testing have marginalize...

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  • Generational Differences in Academic Achievement Among Immigrant Youths: A Meta-Analytic Review
    Posted on 8 Feb 2016 at 1:45 pm
    by Duong, M. T., Badaly, D., Liu, F. F., Schwartz, D., McCarty, C. A.

    Research on generational differences in immigrant youths’ academic achievement has yielded conflicting findings. This meta-analysis reconciles discrepant findings by testing meta-analytic moderator...

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  • Adaptation of a vocabulary test from British Sign Language to American Sign Language
    Posted on 20 Jan 2016 at 3:50 am
    by Mann, W., Roy, P., Morgan, G.

    This study describes the adaptation process of a vocabulary knowledge test for British Sign Language (BSL) into American Sign Language (ASL) and presents results from the first round of pilot testi...

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  • The role of timing in assessing oral reading fluency and comprehension in Kenya
    Posted on 20 Jan 2016 at 3:50 am
    by Piper, B., Zuilkowski, S. S.

    Despite rapid growth in literacy-related programmes and evaluation in sub-Saharan Africa, little critical attention has been paid to the relevance of assumptions that underlie existing assessment m...

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  • Book review: The Companion to Language Assessment
    Posted on 20 Jan 2016 at 3:50 am
    by Read, J.

  • The influence of training and experience on rater performance in scoring spoken language
    Posted on 20 Jan 2016 at 3:50 am
    by Davis, L.

    Two factors were investigated that are thought to contribute to consistency in rater scoring judgments: rater training and experience in scoring. Also considered were the relative effects of scorin...

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  • Do decision rules matter? A descriptive study of English language proficiency assessment classifications for English-language learners and native English speakers in fifth grade
    Posted on 20 Jan 2016 at 3:50 am
    by Carroll, P. E., Bailey, A. L.

    English language proficiency assessments (ELPA) are used in the United States to measure annually the English language progress and proficiency of English-language learners (ELLs), a subgroup of la...

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  • A comparison of newly-trained and experienced raters on a standardized writing assessment
    Posted on 20 Jan 2016 at 3:50 am
    by Attali, Y.

    A short training program for evaluating responses to an essay writing task consisted of scoring 20 training essays with immediate feedback about the correct score. The same scoring session also ser...

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  • The role of L1 conceptual and linguistic knowledge and frequency in the acquisition of L2 metaphorical expressions
    Posted on 22 Dec 2015 at 11:51 pm
    by Türker, E.

    This study investigates how figurative language is processed by learners of a second language (L2). With an experiment testing L2 comprehension of figurative expressions in three categories, each c...

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  • Convergence and Divergence of Process and Portfolio Approaches to L2 Writing Instruction: Issues and Implications
    Posted on 23 Nov 2015 at 3:53 am
    by Lam, R.

    In the L2 writing literature, there has been a rich history of scholarship in theory, research and practice since the 1960s. Two of the most prominent L2 writing approaches are process and portfoli...

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  • Calibrating Genre: Metacognitive Judgments and Rhetorical Effectiveness in Academic Writing by L2 Graduate Students
    Posted on 29 Oct 2015 at 12:00 am
    by Negretti R.
    AbstractSeveral strands of applied linguistic research have emphasized the importance of genre awareness for academic writing students. Although metacognitive behaviors have been linked to L2 writi... (show all)

  • Using Listener Judgments to Investigate Linguistic Influences on L2 Comprehensibility and Accentedness: A Validation and Generalization Study
    Posted on 29 Sep 2015 at 12:00 am
    by Saito K, Trofimovich P, Isaacs T.
    AbstractThe current study investigated linguistic influences on comprehensibility (ease of understanding) and accentedness (linguistic nativelikeness) in second language (L2) learners? extemporaneo... (show all)

  • The Link between Pronunciation Anxiety and Willingness to Communicate in the Foreign-Language Classroom: The Polish EFL Context
    Posted on 5 Nov 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Anxiety and L2 self-confidence have been suggested as vital determinants of willingness to communicate (WTC) in a foreign-language (FL) learning environment. Studies also demonstrate that it is a ...

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  • The DELF in Canada: Perceptions of Students, Teachers, and Parents
    Posted on 16 Oct 2014 at 12:26 pm

    The Diplôme d?études de langue française (DELF) has recently gained attention in Canada for its potential as a national French second language (FSL) proficiency test. This article explores the per...

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  • The need for speed: a critical discourse analysis of the reclassification of English language learners in Arizona
    Posted on 5 May 2012 at 12:01 am

    Abstract  Several states, including Arizona, have enacted English-only legislation, within the past decade, impacting the schooling of students who are identified as English language learner (ELLS...

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