Cultural Validity in Assessment: Addressing Linguistic and Cultural Diversity

1st Edition

María del Rosario Basterra, Elise Trumbull, Guillermo Solano-Flores

Routledge
Published December 20, 2010
Textbook - 320 Pages
ISBN 9780415999809 - CAT# Y100522
Series: Language, Culture, and Teaching Series

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Summary

What is assessment and how is it a cultural practice? How does failure to account for linguistic and cultural variation among students jeopardize assessment validity? What is required to achieve cultural validity in assessment? This resource for practicing and prospective teachers – as well as others concerned with fair and valid assessment – provides a thorough grounding in relevant theory, research, and practice. The book lays out criteria for culturally valid assessment and recommends specific strategies that teachers can use to design and implement culturally valid classroom assessments.

Assessment plays a powerful role in the process of education in the US and has a disproportionately negative impact on students who do not come from mainstream, middle-class backgrounds. Given the significance of testing in education today, cultural validity in assessment is an urgent issue facing educators. This book is essential reading for addressing this important, relevant topic.

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