Richard Spiby, Test Development Researcher, Receptive Skills, British Council
ETAS SIG Day, Workshop C8, registration here: https://www.e-tas.ch/node/3076
Test developers must ensure that their exams are accessible to students of various backgrounds and abilities. The Assessment Research Group of the British Council has developed a framework to integrate its work on equality, diversity and inclusion. From a responsive model of providing reasonable accommodations we transitioned to a proactive one; accessibility issues are addressed at all stages of the test development cycle. The Aptis test demonstrates this: ‘anticipated accommodations’ are incorporated through features such as technological capability and flexible delivery modes. Progress is evaluated with test-takers’ feedback; theoretical implications and practical challenges for educators and test producers are discussed.
Richard Spiby works at the British Council in London. He has been a Test Development Researcher there with the Assessment Research Group since June 2016. His main responsibilities involve analysing operational data and revising and developing the receptive skills components of the Aptis test. He also works on a variety of assessment development and training projects worldwide.
Richard has previously worked in the UK and Turkey, mainly in the university sector, in test production, management and research. His areas of interest include cognitive processing, strategy use in reading and listening, vocabulary testing and inclusivity in language assessment.
Workshop sponsored by the British Council, and Aptis, its English language test for companies and institutions