This book explores the notion of "validity evaluation" as a means for helping educators to ensure the utility and worth of
their assessment practices. With a particular focus on foreign language testing, the author challenges assessment traditions
and argues for a fundamental reconceptualization of assessments and their validation in language teaching and other educational
settings. Following a critical review of test validity standards and methods within educational measurement, the author then
proposes a comprehensive alternative approach to validation based upon program evaluation methodology. A report of a multi-year
case study completes the volume, providing in-depth analyses of how validity evaluation methods were applied by foreign language
educators in meeting the assessment needs of a German program at a US university.