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Cross-disciplinary adventures

I’m just back from four days in Pennsylvania showing new speaking and writing test items to students. I got to talk to kids from grades 3–12, have them try out draft test items, and ask them about their opinions of

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Assessing beginning readers

We were talking at work about the items we write for beginning-level students. How hard do they have to be? How easy is too easy, even for a beginner? As an example for discussion, one colleague shared a reading multiple

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What are we teaching?

Reading: Byrnes et al. (2006). “Taking text to task: Issues and choices in curriculum construction.” Outside of grad school, I work at the Center for Applied Linguistics as a test developer on a test of academic English for English learners

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