Classical Item Analysis of the Greek State Certificate of English Language Proficiency "A" Level Exam

By Sofia D. Anastasiadou and Chrysanthi S. Tiliakou.

Published by The International Journal of Literacies

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The evaluation of learning abilities and skills in the English language is in the center of interest of the education community. There is, however, a dearth of research focusing on the investigation of item difficulty relating to testing purpose, item discrimination, the distractors, and the validity and reliability of this particular certificate. The present study, thus motivated by this dearth, develops the methodology of the classical item analysis, which included the estimation of four indexes: a) the facility or difficulty index of the question (p-value %), b) the index (rbis), c) the discrimination index or index of discriminating ability, d) the distractor analysis, during the evaluation procedure of this particular measurement test. The measurement test is the test of May 2012 Level A, which 141 primary and secondary school pupils of this language level were asked to complete during the academic year 2012–13. The results brought out both the strong and weak points of the certificate. Furthermore, the validity and reliability of the tasks were confirmed. Implications were drawn for further research.

Keywords: Classical Item Analysis, Validity, Reliability

The International Journal of Literacies, Volume 20, Issue 3, April 2014, pp.39-53. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 25, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 513.161KB)).

Dr. Sofia D. Anastasiadou

Assosiate Professor, Department of Preschool Education, University of Western Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece, Greece

Sofia Anastasiadou holds a BSc from the Department of Mathematics of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, a Master degree in Mathematics Education from Surrey University of Kingston in Great Bretagne. She has obtained her Ph.D in Multidimetional Statistical Analysis at the Macedonia University of Thessaloniki in Greece. She is currently an Assosiate Professor of Applied Statistics and Educational Research in the Department of Preschool Education at the University of Western Macedonia in Greece. Apart form Statistics and Mathematics Education in Primary, Secondary and Higher Education her research interests are also focused in the Analysis and Interpretation of Multivariate Data for Social Science. Sofia Anastasiadou has published more than 150 papers in Greek, European and International Scientific Journals.

Dr. Chrysanthi S. Tiliakou

PhD Candidate, Xanthi, Greece

Chrysanthi Tiliakou holds a Degree in English Language and Literature from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She also holds a Diplome d' Universite in English – French and Greek translation from the University of Montpelier in collaboration with the French Institute of Thessaloniki. In 1996 she acquired her master's degree ( Maitrise) in Translation from the University of Mons- Hainaut in Belgium. In 2001 she obtained a Certificate of Postgraduate Education in Distance Learning from the Greek Open University. She has worked as an EFL teacher in Language Schools since 1993, as well as a part- time teacher in Vocational Schools, the School of Tourism in Thessaloniki, the Merchant Marine Academy of Macedonia, the Police Academy of Xanthi, and the Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki. I have been working since 2005 in state primary schools as a permanent teacher. Since 2007 she teaches in Muslim minority state schools in Thrace. She has been an oral examiner in the State Certificate of Language Proficiency exams (KPG) since 2008. her research interests focus on validity and reliability in language testing.