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Dated: September 12, 2007.
Delores J. Barber,
Acting Leader, Information Management Case Services Team, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management.
Institute of Education Sciences
Type of Review: New.
Title: Assessment Accommodations for English Language Learners.
Affected Public: Individuals or household.
Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:
Burden Hours: 397.
Abstract: This study will examine the effect of a test accommodation and its impact on the validity of assessments for English language learners (ELLs). Specifically, it will examine the ways in which linguistic students' ability to access content (e.g. math) during testing. Linguistic modification is theory-based process in which the language in test items, directions, and/or response options are modified in ways that clarify and simplify the text without simplifying or significantly altering the construct tested. By comparing the effects of linguistic modification on the performance of ELL students with that of English language proficient general education students without disabilities (non-ELL/non-SD), this study aims to increase understanding of the effects of an accommodation—one that holds promise as a means of decreasing the achievement gap between non-ELL/non-SD and ELL students—on construct validity, differential validity, and incremental validity of achievement test scores. While the initial phase of this study focuses on instrument refinement and validation, the second phase uses experimental design to examine the effectiveness of this accommodation for ELLs on tests of mathematics achievement.
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