THE DEVELOPMENT OF CRITERION-REFERENCED TESTS IN FOUR SKILLS FOR FIELD TESTING THREE APPROACHES TO TEACHING SPANISH IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS.
SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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The document describes the tests and testing procedures developed for the California State Department of Education Spanish Research Project D-177, A Field Test of Three Approaches to Teaching Spanish in Elementary Schools. System Development Corporation assisted the Department of Education in the planning and conduct of the study and had primary responsibility for developing the tests and conducting the final data analysis. The purpose of the project was to develop absolute assessment procedures as an aid to school districts in selecting a language course, improving instructional materials, modifying learning conditions and revising course objectives. A field test was conducted of three approaches to teaching Spanish to sixth-grade students instruction by a qualified foreign language teacher, instruction by television, and programmed self-instruction. Tests were developed for each of the three language courses, 28 in all. The tests were unique to each language course and were designed to measure the extent to which each course achieved its own objectives, under specified conditions. No attempt was made to compare one course with another. Author
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