Evaluating Language Assessments offers a comprehensive overview of the theoretical bases and research methodologies for the evaluation of language assessments and demonstrates the importance of a fuller understanding of this widely used evaluative tool. The volume explores language assessment evaluation in its wider political, economic, social, legal, and ethical contexts while also illustrating quantitative and qualitative methods through discussions of key research studies. Suitable for students in applied linguistics, second language acquisition and language assessment and education, this book makes the case for a clear and rigorous understanding of the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of language assessment evaluation in order to achieve fair assessments and just institutions.
Antony John Kunnan is Professor of Applied Linguistics in the Department of English at the University of Macau. He is a specialist on language assessment and his research has focused on fairness and justice, statistical analysis, and ethics and public policy. He was the founding editor of Language Assessment Quarterly and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Asia TEFL.
Chapter 1 Language assessments: The need for evaluation Chapter 2 Past frameworks and evaluations Chapter 3 Ethics-based approach to assessment evaluation Chapter 4 Building the Fairness and Justice Argument Chapter 5 Opportunity-to-Learn Chapter 6 Meaningfulness Chapter 7 Absence of Bias Chapter 8 Washback and Consequences Chapter 9 Advancing fairness and justice Chapter 10 Applications and implications