Module 2: Practicality
Ms. Park's test methods checklist

Considerations for Test Administration
            1.  Giving the test.  Is it…

            Individually-administered?
  _X_   Group-administered?

            Because of limitations on time and staff, it makes sense to administer the test to groups of             students.

            2.  Directions, examples, questions, and prompts.  Are they…

  _X_   In English?
            In the target language?
  _X_   Spoken?
  _X_   Written?

            Because Ms. Park will have to start testing students from the first year on, and for             consistency, it’s best to always have directions in English.  Also, Ms. Park is not testing             the students’ comprehension of the directions, but rather how well they can perform on the             tasks.

            Since it is the end-of-year test, it would be best to test multiple language skills.

            3.  Student answers and responses.  Are they…

            In English?
  _X_   In the target language?
  _X_   Spoken?
  _X_   Written?

             Ms. Park is testing how well they can perform tasks in the target language.

             Since it is the end-of-year test, it would be best to test multiple language skills.

Considerations for Scoring Tests

             4.  Method of scoring.  Does it involve…

  _X_   Counting the number correct?
  _X_   A holistic approach (one overall score)?
            An analytic approach (separate scores for separate aspects of the performance)?

            Answers should be selected, short answers.  Due to the large number of students, Ms.             Park and the other two teachers cannot spend all of their time scoring constructed             responses, nor could they wait a long time for the results to be returned from an outside             scoring agency.

            Scores should be holistic.  It takes less time to score and gives an overall picture of the             students’ proficiencies, which is what Ms. Park's school is looking for.

            5.  People and steps involved in scoring.  Is the test…

            Hand-scored?
  _X_   Machine or computer-scored?

            If the test is on the computer, this would save the most time.

            6.  Location for scoring.  Is it…

  _X_   Local/On-site?
            Central/Off-site?

            To save on costs and time, it would be better if the test Ms. Park administers were             scored by the teachers or the district.