Deborah Lokai Bischof (PhD, Wayne State University), is an assessment specialist at Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New fersey.
Validating AP Modern Foreign Language Examinations Through College Comparability Studies
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 2004 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 37, Issue 4, pages 616–622, December 2004
How to Cite
Bischof, D. L., Baum, D. I., Casabianca, J. M., Morgan, R., Rabitea, K. A. and Tateneni, K. (2004), Validating AP Modern Foreign Language Examinations Through College Comparability Studies. Foreign Language Annals, 37: 616–622. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.2004.tb02427.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
Abstract: In 2002, nearly 100,000 high school students took one of the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®)language examinations in French, German, or Spanish. One way in which the validity of these exams is ensured is through periodic college comparability studies. The purpose of such studies is to equate the AP scores with performance standards in the third year of representative college programs. This article describes the comparability study that ended in 2002, which, unlike past studies, was conducted across all three of the modern foreign languages in the AP Program at that time. This study led to changes in the cut points used to convert exam scores to AP grades in all three languages. Consequently, the exam performance level required to earn each AP grade was reevaluated to ensure proper alignment with current advanced-level college offerings.