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Evidence-based Evaluation of English Language Learners: A contemporary approach to testing for all practitioners

Monday, November 05, 2018

NHPA is co-sponsoring this event with the New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists (NHASP)

This intermediate level presentation is appropriate for school psychologists, SAIF’s, educational evaluators, speech-language pathologists, special education directors, ELL teachers, and those involved in assessment of ELL students at any level. 

This presentation outlines an evidence-based approach to evaluating English Language Learners with emphasis on contemporary methods for using tests in a nondiscriminatory manner. Specific procedures are presented which permit any evaluator to conduct assessments of English Language Learners in a manner that can generate valid data to support conclusions and diagnostic decisions. Advances in tests and testing will be presented, including the dual-norming feature of the Ortiz PVAT and its utility in resolving the question of “difference vs. disorder.” Topics include: understanding bias in testing; issues regarding test score validity; advantages and disadvantages of typical methods for evaluating English Language Learners; the importance of “true peer” comparisons, research foundations and use of the Culture-Language Test Classifications and Interpretive Matrix, and application of the new Ortiz PVAT for evaluation of both native English speakers and English Language Learners via a dual-norming feature that controls for relative exposure in learning English. The knowledge and skills gained will be useful to practitioners at all levels and provide a solid base for engaging in evaluation of English Language Learners that incorporates contemporary research and advances in tests and testing. 

Samuel Ortiz, Ph.D.

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