Self-Assessment in the L2 Classroom: Validation Results and the Impact of Learner Self-Assessment Training

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Presented at: East Coast Organization of Language Testers (ECOLT) 2012 Annual Conference

The research described in the current paper reports on the convergent validity of a triangulated assessment system designed to compare objective and subjective indicators of learning outcomes for lower-level language learners. Participants were students in grades 9-12 who were enrolled in Arabic, Chinese and Hindi short-term foreign language programs (45 programs total, n=1150 learners). The three assessment tools included: (1) a computerized proficiency test, (2) a student self-assessment instrument and (3) a teacher assessment of student instrument. Results will include the reporting of correlations between the three assessments instruments as well as the outcomes of Rasch rating scale/mixed-scale modeling.