Working with the Data You Have, Not the Data You Want: Examining Item Bias Using Ethnicity versus Home Language

4:10 - 4:40pm EDT

Nova Scotia, Room 10, Mezzanine

Presented at: AAAL 2015

Developers of English Language Proficiency assessments are concerned with is potential differences in test performance related to students’ home languages, but items are conventionally evaluated using ethnicity as a proxy. This paper examines the extent to which this substitution may lead developers to different conclusions.