Presentation of Procedures for Development of a Second Language Achievement Test

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ABSTRACT  The study describes the development and evaluation of a test designed to measure the level of achievement of Hebrew as a second language. It suggests procedures for developing a similar second language achievement test. The subjects were nine- and ten-year-old, second-year students in after-school Hebrew schools in the Chicago area. The Hebrew Language Achievement Test (HLAT) was developed in two stages: (1) the pilot study, which generated and tested items measuring reading comprehension and knowledge of vocabulary and language structure; and (2) the cross-validation study, in which the revised test was cross-validated on a new sample.

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