Oral Communication Assessment: An Overview

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Since the early 1980s, the Speech Communication Association and its Committee on Assessment and Testing have attempted to clarify the issues surrounding development of effective techniques for assessing oral communication. The chapter summarizes many of those efforts. To that end, the chapter is organized into five parts: (a) background to oral communication assessment; (b) the need for clear objectives; (c) criteria commonly used to select an assessment instrument or procedure; (d) issues of reliability validity, and bias; and (e) general procedures of assessing oral communication. The goal of this chapter is to supply a working knowledge of assessment methods and procedures in oral communication and identify resources for further information


This book chapter was originally published in Assessing Communication Education: A Handbook for Media, Speech & Theatre Educators. The full-text article from the publisher can be found here.

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