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Performance Measures for Teachers and Teacher Education: Corporate Education Reform Opens the Door to New Legal Issues
Posted on 31 Aug 2015 at 1:00 am
by Diana Pullin

Recent efforts to change the teaching profession and teacher preparation include a number of innovations to use portfolio assessment, value added measures (VAM), accountability metrics and other co...

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    Performance Measures for Teachers and Teacher Education: Corporate Education Reform Opens the Door to New Legal Issues
    Posted on 31 Aug 2015 at 1:00 am
    by Diana Pullin

    Recent efforts to change the teaching profession and teacher preparation include a number of innovations to use portfolio assessment, value added measures (VAM), accountability metrics and other co...

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    Validity theory: Reform policies, accountability testing, and consequences
    Posted on 27 Aug 2015 at 11:47 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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    Exploring Proficiency-Based vs. Performance-Based Items With Elicited Imitation Assessment
    Posted on 27 Aug 2015 at 5:34 am
    by Troy L. Cox, Jennifer Bown, Jacob Burdis
    This study investigates the effect of proficiency- vs. performance-based elicited imitation (EI) assessment. EI requires test-takers to repeat sentences in the target language. The accuracy at whic... (show all)

    Designing and Sustaining a Foreign Language Writing Proficiency Assessment Program at the Postsecondary Level
    Posted on 26 Aug 2015 at 8:56 am
    by Elizabeth Bernhardt, Joan Molitoris, Ken Romeo, Nina Lin, Patricia Valderrama
    Writing in postsecondary foreign language contexts in North America has received far less attention in the curriculum than the development of oral proficiency. This article describes one institutio... (show all)

    Elicited imitation as a measure of second language proficiency: A narrative review and meta-analysis
    Posted on 17 Aug 2015 at 6:23 am
    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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    An Analysis of Spanish L2 Learners' Orientation Through Activity Theory
    Posted on 16 Aug 2015 at 10:41 am
    by C. Cecilia Tocaimaza-Hatch
    Orientation is defined as the way in which individuals view a task and the means they devise to fulfill it (Appel & Lantolf, 1994; Roebuck, 2000). This study investigated the orientation of twelve ... (show all)

    The Utility of Needs Analysis for Nondomain Expert Instructors in Designing Task-Based Spanish for the Professions Curricula
    Posted on 16 Aug 2015 at 10:41 am
    by Ellen J. Serafini, Julio Torres
    The demand for Spanish for specific purposes (SSP) university courses in the United States has prompted widespread curricular change in language departments over the last two decades (Klee, 2015; S... (show all)

    Differential and long-term language impact on math
    Posted on 12 Aug 2015 at 4:01 am
    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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    Comparing C-tests and Yes/No vocabulary size tests as predictors of receptive language skills
    Posted on 10 Aug 2015 at 3:42 am
    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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    Topic and background knowledge effects on performance in speaking assessment
    Posted on 10 Aug 2015 at 3:42 am
    by Khabbazbashi, N.

    This study explores the extent to which topic and background knowledge of topic affect spoken performance in a high-stakes speaking test. It is argued that evidence of a substantial influence may i...

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    Using Test Scores From Students With Disabilities in Teacher Evaluation
    Posted on 6 Aug 2015 at 11:28 am
    by Heather M. Buzick, Nathan D. Jones
    Much of the recent focus of educational policymakers has been on improving the measurement of teacher effectiveness. Linking student growth to teacher effects has been a large part of reform effort... (show all)

    Alternative Hypothesis Testing Procedures for DIMTEST
    Posted on 6 Aug 2015 at 10:58 am
    by Kieftenbeld, V., Nandakumar, R.

    Many commonly used item response models make the unidimensionality assumption of a single latent trait underlying the response data. The validity of this assumption needs to be tested before these ...

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    Internet Administration of the Paper-and-Pencil Gifted Rating Scale: Assessing Psychometric Equivalence
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 1:44 am
    by Yarnell, J. B., Pfeiffer, S. I.

    The present study examined the psychometric equivalence of administering a computer-based version of the Gifted Rating Scale (GRS) compared with the traditional paper-and-pencil GRS-School Form (GR...

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    Reliability and Validity of Advanced Phonics Measures
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 1:44 am
    by Doty, S. J., Hixson, M. D., Decker, D. M., Reynolds, J. L., Drevon, D. D.

    Two studies explored the technical adequacy of various measures of advanced phonics skills. In Study 1, the advanced phonics measures consisted of pseudowords, real words, or a combination of both....

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    Confirmatory Factor Structure of the Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children-Second Edition With Preschool Children: Too Young for Differentiation?
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 1:44 am
    by Potvin, D. C. H., Keith, T. Z., Caemmerer, J. M., Trundt, K. M.

    With an age range from 3 to 13 years, the Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children–Second Edition (KABC-II) offers an appealing option for the assessment of cognitive abilities for children. Althoug...

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    Functional Language Instruction and the Writing Growth of English Language Learners in the Middle Years
    Posted on 29 Jul 2015 at 5:50 am
    by Sally Humphrey, Lucy Macnaught
    In this article the authors report on the use of a scaffolding pedagogy (Gibbons, 2009), informed by systemic functional linguistics, to support the writing of English language learners in middle y... (show all)

    GREEN, ANTHONY. Exploring Language Assessment and Testing: Language in Action. New York, NY: Routledge, 2014. Pp. 272. $44.95, cloth. ISBN 978?0?41559?724?1.
    Posted on 28 Jul 2015 at 9:29 am
    by DOUGLAS PAUL MARGOLIS

    Acquiring Temporal Meanings Without Tense Morphology: The Case of L2 Mandarin Chinese
    Posted on 28 Jul 2015 at 9:29 am
    by ROUMYANA SLABAKOVA
    This article reports on an experimental study addressing the second language acquisition of Mandarin temporality. Mandarin Chinese does not mark past, present, or future with dedicated morphemes; t... (show all)

    Leveling L2 Texts Through Readability: Combining Multilevel Linguistic Features with the CEFR
    Posted on 28 Jul 2015 at 9:29 am
    by YAO?TING SUNG, WEI?CHUN LIN, SCOTT BENJAMIN DYSON, KUO?EN CHANG, YU?CHIA CHEN
    Selecting appropriate texts for L2 (second/foreign language) learners is an important approach to enhancing motivation and, by extension, learning. There is currently no tool for classifying foreig... (show all)

    Learning New Grammatical Structures in Task-Based Language Learning: The Effects of Recasts and Prompts
    Posted on 28 Jul 2015 at 9:29 am
    by MARRIT GUCHTE, MARTINE BRAAKSMA, GERT RIJLAARSDAM, PETER BIMMEL
    In the present study, we examine the effects of prompts and recasts on the acquisition of two new and different grammar structures in a task-based learning environment. Sixty-four 14-year-old 9th g... (show all)

    Meeting the Challenges of Curriculum Construction and Change: Revision and Validity Evaluation of a Placement Test
    Posted on 28 Jul 2015 at 9:29 am
    by ANASTASIA MOZGALINA, MARIANNA RYSHINA?PANKOVA
    Achievement of advanced literacy as a goal of foreign language (FL) study within the available amount of time requires that FL departments construct a well-articulated program and optimize student ... (show all)

    Assessment of Oral Proficiency in Online Language Courses: Beyond Reinventing the Wheel
    Posted on 28 Jul 2015 at 9:29 am
    by FERNANDO RUBIO

    Enhancing Vocabulary Learning Through Captioned Video: An Eye-Tracking Study
    Posted on 28 Jul 2015 at 9:28 am
    by MARIBEL MONTERO PEREZ, ELKE PETERS, PIET DESMET
    This study investigates the effect of two attention-enhancing techniques on L2 students' learning and processing of novel French words (i.e., target words) through video with L2 subtitles or captio... (show all)

    Book Review: Talking about Language Assessment: The LAQ Interviews
    Posted on 28 Jul 2015 at 3:29 am
    by McCord, R.

    Measuring the impact of rater negotiation in writing performance assessment
    Posted on 28 Jul 2015 at 3:29 am
    by Trace, J., Janssen, G., Meier, V.

    Previous research in second language writing has shown that when scoring performance assessments even trained raters can exhibit significant differences in severity. When raters disagree, using dis...

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    Do Native Speakers of North American and Singapore English Differentially Perceive Comprehensibility in Second Language Speech?
    Posted on 23 Jul 2015 at 11:22 pm
    by Kazuya Saito, Natsuko Shintani
    The current study examined the extent to which native speakers of North American and Singapore English differentially perceive the comprehensibility (ease of understanding) of second language (L2) ... (show all)

    Development of Speech Fluency Over a Short Period of Time: Effects of Pedagogic Intervention
    Posted on 14 Jul 2015 at 8:32 am
    by Parvaneh Tavakoli, Colin Campbell, Joan McCormack
    This study investigates the effects of a short-term pedagogic intervention on development of second language (L2) fluency among learners studying English for academic purposes at a UK university. I... (show all)

    Examination of the Spanish Trait Meta-Mood Scale-24 Factor Structure in a Mexican Setting
    Posted on 14 Jul 2015 at 5:43 am
    by Valdivia Vazquez, J. A., Rubio Sosa, J. C. A., French, B. F.

    The Trait Meta-Mood Scale (TMMS) is an emotional intelligence (EI) assessment originally developed for the U.S. population. This scale measures three EI factors—attention, clarity, and repair—to ev...

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    Structural Validation of the Holistic Wellness Assessment
    Posted on 14 Jul 2015 at 5:43 am
    by Brown, C., Applegate, E. B., Yildiz, M.

    The Holistic Wellness Assessment (HWA) is a relatively new assessment instrument based on an emergent transdisciplinary model of wellness. This study validated the factor structure identified via e...

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    The selection of cognitive diagnostic models for a reading comprehension test
    Posted on 13 Jul 2015 at 5:02 am
    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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