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Test Equity for students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

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PEPNet 2007 National Needs Assessment

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Test Equity: The Challenges and Issues

What are your needs?

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Test Equity: The Challenges and Issues

So . the exploration begins:

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Test Equity for Deaf and Hard of Hearing: A Summit


August 2008, Broomfield, Colorado

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Summit: Issues and Problems Identified


Language accessibility

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Summit: Issues and Problems Identified

Functional diversity

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Summit: Issues and Problems Identified

Structure of the exam

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Summit: Issues and Problems Identified

What is being evaluated?

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Test Equity Language Issues

Knowledge of hearing culture

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Summit: Issues and Problems Identified

Limited communication

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Summit: Issues and Problems Identified


No test standards

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Summit: Issues and Problems Identified

Impact of test scores

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Summit: Issues and Problems Identified

Exclusion from assessment norm

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Summit: Issues and Problems Identified


No specialized instruction

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Testing Accommodations/Alternatives

How do we create test equity?

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Testing Accommodations/Alternatives Correcting the faulty assumption

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Testing Accommodations/Alternatives Meaning of accommodation

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Testing Accommodations/Alternatives

Reliability and validity

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Testing Accommodations/Alternatives Accommodation assessment

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Testing Accommodations/Alternatives Educational Realities:

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Testing Accommodations/Alternatives What is the purpose of the test?

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Testing Accommodations/Alternatives Extended Test Time

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Interpreting Issues To interpret or not interpret?

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Interpreting Issues Is there a common Practice?

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Interpreting Tests A compromise

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Interpreting Tests

Interpreting issues

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Interpreting Tests What tool do I use to make it work?

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For administrators and counselors


So what do we do now?

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Test Equity Resources


www.pepnet.org: Resource search: test equity

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References and Resources


Chiavernia, Ginny. (2009). Test Equity: Challenges and Issues. Milwaukee, WI. PEPNet. Johnson, C.J., Mitchell, R.E., eds. (2008). Testing Deaf Students in an Age of Accountability. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press. Hambleton, R.K., Merenda, P.F., and Spielberger, C.D., eds. (2005). Adapting educational and psychological tests for cross-cultural assessment. Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Mounty, J., and Martin, D., eds. (2005). Assessing deaf adults: critical issues in testing and evaluation. Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet University Press. www.pepnet.org

Parting Thoughts

More clear but not the end yet

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