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Virginia ESL Supervisors Association 2012 Conference
February 3 – 4, 2012
ONPAR Science: Next Generation Testing for ELs
ONPAR’s development process incorporated cognitive interviewing (Ericsson & Simon, 1993; Almond, et al., 2009) to investigate how students understood and interacted with novel items. A total of 57 interviews were conducted in Virginia in spring, 2010 with high school biology and chemistry students.
In this presentation, we discuss the relative success of various computerized features, how students interacted with graphics, language, and sound, and whether students understood and reasoned through the items as intended by measurement goals. We provide recommendations for making computerized assessments comprehensible to all students, and areas which may need further research, especially for ELs.
Presenters include: Laura Wright
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