English Language Proficiency Assessment Validity Evaluation Planning

Through the federally-funded Evaluating the Validity of English Language Proficiency Assessments (EVEA) project, edCount has helped the state education agencies (SEAs) for Washington, Oregon, Montana, Indiana, and Idaho develop comprehensive frameworks (also called interpretive arguments) for considering the meaning and utility of scores from English language proficiency assessments (ELPAs).

Each state partner worked with a dedicated research partner to identify specific claims of interest within its interpretive argument and develop plans to evaluate these claims over time. In addition to these state-level arguments, the EVEA partners also collaborated to develop a common interpretive argument (CIA), which is meant to be adaptable to any state's system; this CIA offers a comprehensive and coherent framework for considering the meaning and usefulness of scores from English language proficiency assessments. This CIA is now available at the EVEA website.