The Evaluating the Validity of English Language Proficiency Assessments (EVEA) project was established through funding from an Enhanced Assessment Grant from the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the US Department of Education awarded to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction in Washington state in September 2009. EVEA brought together a consortium of five states – Washington, Oregon, Montana, Indiana, and Idaho – with a team of researchers and a panel of experts. The purpose of this project was to develop an argument-based approach to validity evaluation for English language proficiency assessments. This approach, which is meant to be adaptable to any state's system, offers a comprehensive and coherent framework for considering the meaning and usefulness of scores from English language proficiency assessments. Participating states identified specific claims about their ELP assessments and, through interaction with leading language and validity experts, developed plans to evaluate these claims over time.

EVEA has produced the following products to benefit all states:

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What will I find on this website?

This public website houses the outputs of the EVEA team’s collective efforts over the 18-month funding period. For context and reference, users can find information about validity evaluation and ELPA-related policies and legislation. Users can also access the white papers and research instruments created by EVEA partners.

Users who are interested in developing their own validity evaluation plans can take an interactive exploratory quiz to begin to identify issues or claims that are of particular interest, and explore an interpretive argument for ELPA validity that has been developed and refined by the EVEA expert panel and state partners.

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The EVEA Common Interpretive Argument presents an interactive look at the claims and underlying assumptions that contribute to the validity of an ELPA system. Each claim is linked to a set of possible underlying assumptions that states could test to provide evidence of whether each claim holds true for the state's ELPA system. Users can also link to EVEA materials related to selected claims.

Explore the EVEA Common Interpretive Argument for ELPA validity evaluation!

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