Validity Evaluation in Language Assessment

by John M. Norris (Author)
Thesis X, 307 Pages
Series: Language Testing and Evaluation, Volume 11


This book explores the notion of «validity evaluation» as a means for helping educators to ensure the utility and worth of their assessment practices. With a particular focus on foreign language testing, the author challenges assessment traditions and argues for a fundamental reconceptualization of assessments and their validation in language teaching and other educational settings. Following a critical review of test validity standards and methods within educational measurement, the author then proposes a comprehensive alternative approach to validation based upon program evaluation methodology. A report of a multi-year case study completes the volume, providing in-depth analyses of how validity evaluation methods were applied by foreign language educators in meeting the assessment needs of a German program at a US university.


X, 307
ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2012 (February)
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2008. X, 307 pp., num. fig. and tables

Biographical notes

John M. Norris (Author)

The Author: John M. Norris is a faculty member in the Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawai’i. He works and teaches primarily in the areas of program evaluation, research methods, educational assessment, and foreign language education. His research has appeared in a variety of journal articles and books.


Title: Validity Evaluation in Language Assessment