Synopses & Reviews
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 these major issues in language testing and provides knowledge, techniques, and strategies to design and implement valid assessments for use in classrooms.
Cultural Validity in Assessment
- Explores the role of language in assessment, not only as it relates to English language learners but to all students.
- Examines every step in the assessment process, from assessment selection and design to administration, scoring, and score interpretation with a view to identifying ways of maximizing fairness and validity for all students.
- Offers examples and field-based work to illustrate constructive practices and policies that promise to yield more authentic accountability than present practices provide
Given the significance of testing in education today, cultural validity in assessment is an urgent issue facing educators. This book is essential reading for addressing this important, relevant topic.
What is assessment and how is it a cultural practice? How does failure to account for linguistic and cultural variation among students jeopardize assessment validity? What is required to achieve cultural validity in assessment? This resource for practicing and prospective teachers as well as others concerned with fair and valid assessment provides a thorough grounding in relevant theory, research, and practice. The book lays out criteria for culturally valid assessment and recommends specific strategies that teachers can use to design and implement culturally valid classroom assessments.
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. Given the significance of testing in education today, cultural validity in assessment is an urgent issue facing educators. This book is essential reading for addressing this important, relevant topic.