Module 4: Validity (screen 4 of 4)
Scenario - Secondary and Post-secondary Education

Mr. Gomez, a foreign language instructional specialist for his school district, is searching for a test to use as part of a program evaluation.

What should Mr. Gomez think about as he 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 Mr. Gomez 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.