Item writing and writers

Authored by: Dong-il Shin

The Routledge Handbook of Language Testing

Print publication date:  March  2012
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415570633
eBook ISBN: 9780203181287
Adobe ISBN: 9781136590863

10.4324/9780203181287.ch16

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Abstract

In the last few decades, positivistic worldviews and the related scientific techniques of testing have influenced the development and evaluation of second and foreign language tests (Hamp-Lyons and Lynch, 1998), and psychometrically approached research on scored/rated data was encouraged and well-connected to the professional literature of language testing. More effort has been given to rater reliability and rater characteristics than to item construction issues in validity.

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