Module 4: Validity
Scenario - Elementary Education

Margeaux, a foreign language instructional specialist for the elementary schools in her district, is searching for a test to use as part of a program evaluation.


What should Margeaux think about as she searches for a test?

Get out a sheet of paper.  Using the chart below, brainstorm some possible answers.  Then click here to view sample answers to the questions.


Possible Answers

1. What information does Margeaux want to know?


2. What decisions might
be based on this information?






Positive Washback

When you pick a test that matches the test publishers' purposes with your purposes for testing and your school's curriculum, you increase the validity of your test use.  You can then use the results of the testing to help improve your own teaching.