In the absence of a post-test score, can the TOEFL be used to document completion of ESL functioning levels if the learners score is high enough for acceptance into college?

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In the absence of a post-test score, can the TOEFL be used to document completion of ESL functioning levels if the learners score is high enough for acceptance into college?

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A. No, educational gain is determined by post-testing on a different, but equivalent forms of the same test used for initial placement. Using one test for the pre-test and another test for the post-test does not produce a valid measure of educational gain. It is essential to follow standard assessment protocols to insure valid test results (e.g., appropriateness of test content (does the test measure the appropriate sets of skills); does the test have multiple versions or forms of the test to use as pre- and post-tests; are the pre-and post-tests conducted under like conditions — such as time between test administrations is consistent across the state.

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