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.
"Kunnan’s thoughtfully-grounded principles and wide-ranging illustrative examples will quickly become—and long endure as—the landmark reference for all discussions of fairness and justice in language testing. The book establishes an innovative, rigorous, and thorough conceptual framework to evaluate the actual uses of language assessments in society."
Alister Cumming, University of Toronto, Canada, and Beijing Foreign Studies University, China
"Fairness and justice, the two important qualities of any assessment and assessment practice, seem to be suspect in most if not all assessments. This volume shows how we can apply ethical thinking to address these issues in actual practice. Antony Kunnan provides theory, practice and research to put forward his compelling arguments that make the book a superb resource for everyone concerned with assessment."
Rama Mathew, Delhi University, India
"This concise volume makes a timely contribution to the language assessment literature by building on Kunnan’s concerns for fairness and justice. In a systematic way, he takes the reader through a process of justification that can lead to clearer thinking about the use of assessments and to fairer outcomes."
Nick Saville, University of Cambridge, UK
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
Headed by two of its leading scholars, this exciting new series captures the burgeoning field of language assessment by offering comprehensive and state-of-the-art coverage of its contemporary questions, pressing issues, and technical advances. It is the only active series of its kind on the market, and includes volumes on basic and advanced topics in language assessment, public policy and language assessment, and the interfaces of language assessment with other disciplines in applied linguistics. Each text presents key theoretical approaches and research findings, along with concrete practical implications and suggestions for readers conducting their own research or developmental studies. A companion website to the series houses such features and tools as book chapter outlines and summaries, sample testing materials, test performance data, activity sheets, quizzes, annotated bibliographies, web links to relevant institutions, and much more.