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The Next Gen. of Policy-Driven Language Testing Systems: Accountability, Consequences, & Learning
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Summary

The symposium provides critical descriptions of accountability language testing realities, tackles the future of reform-driven testing efforts, and proposes a coherent framework that makes explicit the interconnections among policy, testing, validation, and learning.  The intent of the symposium is to better serve students and the public good.

 

Abstract

Reform policies affirm a central role for testing systems in government-driven reform efforts and target enhanced learning/achievement. These efforts, which continue to spread are commonly referred to as the global education reform movement (GERM). GERM style of testing holds various stakeholder groups accountable for learning goals and demands socially engaged validity theories that include consequential research (Chalhoub-Deville, 2016). The symposium provides critical descriptions of accountability language testing realities, tackles the future of reform-driven testing efforts, and proposes a coherent framework that makes explicit the interconnections among policy ambitions, testing functions, scope of validation, and the learning goals to be achieved.  Questions that the presentations consider include:

 

Reflecting on the present:

  • What is accountability testing? Who is held accountable and to whom? How is accountability enforced?

  • What do reform-driven, accountability testing systems look like in a given country/context?

  • How has a testing system changed because of accountability demands?

  • How has evidence structure been constructed to document language learning and/or achievement?

Contemplating the Future
  • Is GERM accountability testing of language use/learning inevitable?

  • What emerging constructs/learning progression to be targeted in the next generation of policy-driven language testing systems?

  • How to design accountability testing systems that align government intentions/policies, testing capabilities, instructional realities, and learning goals?

  • What is the nature of and how to incorporate research of consequences in technical validation plans?

  • Can we identify standards/codes to anchor the next generation of accountability testing?

The intent of the symposium is to present critical analysis of current practices to help advance the state of accountability testing and learning to better serve students and the public good.

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