Rating scale development: a multistage exploratory sequential design
AffiliationCambridge English Language Assessment
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Other TitlesSecond language assessment and mixed methods research
AbstractThe project chosen to showcase the application of the exploratory sequential design in second/ foreign (L2) language assessment comes from the context of rating scale development and focuses on the development of a set of scales for a suite of high-stakes L2 speaking tests. The assessment of speaking requires assigning scores to a speech sample in a systematic fashion by focusing on explicitly defined criteria which describe different levels of performance (Ginther 2013). Rating scales are the instruments used in this evaluation process, and they can be either holistic (i.e. providing a global overall assessment) or analytic (i.e. providing an independent evaluations for a number of assessment criteria, e.g. Grammar, Vocabulary, Organisation, etc.). The discussion in this chapter is framed within the context of rating scales in speaking assessment. However, it is worth noting that the principles espoused, stages employed and decisions taken during the development process have wider applicability to performance assessment in general.
CitationGalaczi E, Khabbazbashi N (2016) 'Rating scale development: a multistage exploratory sequential design', in Moeller A.J., Creswell J, Saville N (ed(s).). Second language assessment and mixed methods research, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press pp.208-222.
PublisherCambridge University Press
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