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IDEA Reading & Writing Proficiency Tests (IPT R/W1) - Spanish

Test Name: IDEA Reading & Writing Proficiency Tests (IPT R/W1) - Spanish
Publisher: Ballard & Tighe Publishers
Publication Date: 1994
Test Type: Language Proficiency
Content: Reading/Writing in L1
Language: Spanish
Target Population: Native Speaker of Spanish
Grade Level: 2, 3
Administration Time: Untimed/guidelines
Standardized: Yes
Purpose: Proficiency; Progress

The IDEA Proficiency Tests (IPT) for Reading and Writing are designed to assess the reading and writing skills in Spanish of children with other native languages. The IPT1 is for use in grades 2 and 3. The Reading Test has five sections that assess different domains: 1) Vocabulary, in which one of four words is chosen to describe a picture, 2) Vocabulary in Context, in which one of four words is chosen to complete a sentence, 3) Reading and Understanding, in which a prose passage is followed by related comprehension questions like those in Vocabulary in Context, 4) Reading for Life Skills, which has the same format as Reading and Understanding, but uses product labels as well as newspaper and magazine articles, and 5) Language Usage, which emphasizes grammar and punctuation. The Writing Test has three sections: 1) Conventions, in which a multiple-choice sentence completion task tests knowledge of writing conventions like capitalization, punctuation, and abbreviations, 2) Write a Story, in which the examinee writes a few sentences to describe a picture story, and 3) Write Your Own Story, in which the examinee writes a paragraph that describes a picture showing several people engaged in some activity. Total administration time is approximately two hours and the objective sections may be scored either by template, or by machine. Writing samples are scored by test administrators using a set of rubrics for each scoring level. Writing Test Scorers must be trained by the publisher and two raters score each student's writing. When raters are in disagreement, a third rater intervenes. Scores of 1, 2, and 3 correspond to designations of "Non-Spanish", "Limited Spanish", and "Fluent/Competent Spanish". Objective scores are grouped according to the same scale and these scores can be converted to standard scores, percentile ranks, and normal curve equivalents. The reliability of the overall reading test score was estimated as .94 and .90 using Cronbach's Alpha. Test-retest reliability was .85 and .86. On the writing conventions subtest, Alpha is .48. No concurrent validity with other test was assessed. Norms for percentile rankings were established on a population of 1000 students. An English version of these tests is also available.

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