ASHA Course Code: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Education, Training, Service Delivery, Public Policy – 7030
Children who speak a language other than English at home and are learning English as their second language can vary widely in their exposure to and opportunity for learning English. This can make testing a challenge because unbiased testing depends heavily on controlling for these differences. In this workshop, Dr. Ortiz will discuss innovative ways to achieve greater fairness and equity in testing.
Join Dr. Samuel Ortiz, author of the C-LIM and Ortiz PVAT, as he discusses tools and procedures he has created to reduce bias and increase accuracy when testing bilingual students.
Level, Authors, and Disclosures
Financial Disclosure: Dr. Samuel Ortiz received an honorarium from Bilinguistics for this presentation.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Dr. Samuel Ortiz does not have any non-financial relationships to disclose
Same-age English learners (ELs) can vary widely in their exposure to and opportunity for learning a second language. Unbiased testing thus depends heavily on controlling for these differences in development. In this webinar, Dr. Ortiz discussed innovative ways to achieve greater fairness and equity in testing.
Identify the limitations of current approaches to testing English learners with respect to validity
Explain the need for “true peer” group comparison to establish diagnostic validity of test results
Explain how language development differences are controlled within the EL normative sample in the Ortiz PVAT to create fairness in evaluating receptive vocabulary
Engage in the fair and equitable evaluation of receptive vocabulary for any individual regardless of language background
10 minutes ‐ Introductions and disclosures 10 minutes ‐ Issues in first and second language acquisition 10 minutes ‐ Understanding bias and problems with test score validity 10 minutes ‐ Current and typical methods for addressing test score validity 10 minutes ‐ Understanding the notion of “true peer” comparison for English learners 10 minutes ‐ Controlling for language development in norm sample development 05 minutes ‐ Summary and closing 25 minutes ‐ Moderated question and answer with Dr. Ellen Kester