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Validity evidence based on test content

Stephen Sireci and Molly Faulkner-Bond

University of Massachusetts Amherst (USA)

Background: Validity evidence based on test content is one of the five forms of validity evidence stipulated in the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing developed by the American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, and National Council on Measurement in Education. In this paper, we describe the logic and theory underlying such evidence and describe traditional and modern methods for gathering and analyzing content validity data. Method: A comprehensive review of the literature and of the aforementioned Standards is presented. Results: For educational tests and other assessments targeting knowledge and skill possessed by examinees, validity evidence based on test content is necessary for building a validity argument to support the use of a test for a particular purpose. Conclusions: By following the methods described in this article, practitioners have a wide arsenal of tools available for determining how well the content of an assessment is congruent with and appropriate for the specific testing purposes.

Evidencia de validez basada en el contenido del test. Antecedentes: la evidencia de validez basada en el contenido del test es una de las cinco formas de evidencias de validez estipuladas en los Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing de la American Educational Research Association. En este artículo describimos la lógica y teoría que subyace a tal fuente de evidencia, junto a métodos tradicionales y modernos para obtener y analizar los datos de validez de contenido. Método: una revisión comprehensiva de la bibliografía y de los mencionados Standards. Resultados: para los tests educativos y otras evaluaciones de los conocimientos y habilidades que poseen los examinados, la evidencia de validez basada en el contenido del test es necesaria para elaborar un argumento de validez que apoye el uso de un test para un objetivo particular. Conclusiones: siguiendo los métodos descritos en este artículo, los profesionales tienen un amplio arsenal de herramientas disponibles para determinar en qué medida el contenido de una evaluación es congruente y apropiado para los objetivos específicos de la evaluación.


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