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Past Presentations

National Science Teacher's Association (NSTA) 2009 National Conference

March 19 – 22, 2009
New Orleans, LA
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Thursday, March 19, 2009

ONPAR - Math and Science Assessments for English Language Learners: A Computer Based Approach
The ONPAR assessment is a computer-based, low-language, highly-visual mathematics and science assessment for ELLs designed to be comparable to NCLB compliant exams while increasing the validity and reliability of these assessments. Animations, detailed graphics, innovative item types, animated icons, rollovers, and purposeful user interface designs are used to accurately assess a range of cognitive abilities used in science while minimizing language demands.

We presented research findings on the comparability of ONPAR to the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) math and science assessments. These studies also examined the effectiveness of ONPAR on native English speakers, and on students with varying levels of English proficiency. An analysis of the efficacy of our customized user interface, innovative item types, and multiple methods of language support was presented. Low language versions of ONPAR with Russian, Spanish, or English text to audio features were compared with very low language versions which had no text to audio. In addition, strategies used to analyze and create ONPAR items such as item deconstructions and the development process were presented.

Presenters: David Gabel and Cathy Cameron
Time: 8:00 AM
Buidling / Room: Hilton New Orleans Riverside / Jasperwood

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