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Resources for Assessment-Related Topics

Annotated Bibliographies from CARLA

Search CARLA annotated bibliographies for the following areas:

Assessment – Topics include classroom-based, performance based, alternative, portfolio, theory, research, and standards.

National Standards – Features articles, books, and online resources on the National Standards.

Content-Based Instruction – Developed as part of the Content-Based Language Teaching with Technology (CoBaLTT) program at CARLA, this annotated bibliography is organized by teaching contexts including ESL, immersion, FLES, bilingual education, foreign language K-12 and postsecondary.


Assessment-Related Resources

Minnesota Language Proficiency Assessments (MLPA) – A battery of instruments designed to measure learners' proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening at two intermediate levels on the ACTFL scale in French, German, and Spanish.

Developing Speaking and Writing Tasks for Second Language Assessment: A Miniguide for Assessment Development (PDF) – This short guide contains a framework that will help teachers create speaking and writing tasks and tests that are directly linked to classroom practice. The guide includes tools and worksheets that can be tailored to a variety of classroom contexts and a range of students' needs, using a model based on extensive research and piloting done by the Minnesota Articulation Project members and the Assessment Team at CARLA.

Articulation of Language Instruction – Information about the Minnesota Articulation Project and the Proficiency-Oriented Language instruction and Assessment: A Curriculum Handbook for Teachers that is filled with proficiency-based language lessons and accompanying assessment rubrics.

Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) – This grant supported the development of items banks currently used in the Minnesota Language Proficiency Assessments and a working paper entitled "An Operational Framework for Constructing a Computer-Adaptive Test of L2 Reading Ability."

Content-Based Learning Through Technology (CoBaLTT) – Features an online resource center that includes an instructional module with activities for learning about and applying the National Standards to teaching and assessment. The site also has many links to technology resources for creating tasks and rubrics, and a growing repository of content-based lesson plans that include assessments.

CLEAR has launched a website focused on LCTL assessment

Foreign Language Assessment Directory (FLAD)
The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) created a Foreign Language Assessment Directory (FLAD) that is now available online. FLAD is a free, searchable directory of information on nearly 200 tests in over 80 languages. FLAD users can find information about assessments including the grade and proficiency level for which a test is intended, the skills targeted by a test, information about a test’s development and the publisher’s or developer’s contact information for further inquiries.

Companion Online Tutorial  Understanding Assessment: A Guide for Foreign Language Educators
CAL has developed an online tutorial to serve as a companion resource to the FLAD. This online tutorial introduces key concepts in language testing to help with selecting tests and using test results appropriately and efficiently. Topics covered include:  practical considerations when selecting a test, reliability and validity, the use of test results, and, the impact of testing in the classroom.  A list of assessment resources and a glossary of assessment terms are also included in the tutorial.

Portfolio Assessment in the Foreign Language Classroom – This guide developed by the National Capital Language Resource Center provides downloadable organizers, rubrics, and planners. This free, web-based tutorial is designed to guide educators in creating and implementing a standards-based, foreign language portfolio assessment tied to their own curricula.

Quia – Create and store online tests, quizzes, and activities for students. Records and stores student results on server.

QuizStar – Allows teachers to construct quizzes that students can take online. Quizzes can be saved on the site.

Teach-nology's Rubric Generator – Create rubrics online; samples need to be modified for foreign language.


Instruction and Assessment

CoBaLTT Lesson and Unit Plans – content-based lessons and units developed by participants in the CoBaLTT project at CARLA. Many levels and languages are represented.

E.L. Easton - Materials for Teaching and Learning – An excellent teacher resource that includes links to online tests and quizzes.

English-Forum.com – Exercises for ESL/EFL students.

Hot Potatoes – A suite of authoring programs for making exercises from the University of Victoria Humanities Computing and Media Centre.

Interesting Things for ESL students - The site features a variety of exercise makers and activities as well as listening samples for ESL students.

Professor Richard H. Hall's virtual lessons – Provides  an explanation of current learning theory and its relationship to various testing methods.

Educator's Reference Desk has replaced the Ask ERIC: Lesson Plans – It contains the more than 2000 sample lesson plans, information for educators, information and archived questions that had been found on the AskERIC: Lesson Plans site.



American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) – Provides teachers with a wealth of information on the national standards and professional development opportunities for teachers to learn about creating assessments tied to standards.

Common Core State Standards - The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort that established a single set of clear educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics that states voluntarily adopt. The standards are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter credit bearing entry courses in two or four year college programs or enter the workforce. The standards are clear and concise to ensure that parents, teachers, and students have a clear understanding of the expectations in reading, writing, speaking and listening, language and mathematics in school.

CoBaLTT Instructional Module on the National Standards

Nebraska Foreign Language Standards (PDF) – Contains standards explanation, glossary, bibliography and learning scenarios.

New Jersey World Languages Curriculum Framework: A document in Support of the Core Curriculum Content Standards for World Languages.

Teaching Foreign Languages K-12: A Library of Classroom Practices. This video library from Annenberg Media, Learner.org, illustrates effective instruction and assessment strategies for the teaching of foreign languages in grades K-12 and "provides overviews of ACTFL’s Standards for Foreign Language Learning and new assessment practices, as well as 27 classroom programs. Language classrooms include Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Latin, Russian, and Chinese. The videos can be ordered on DVD or can viewed online.

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction - Standards for Learning World Language (PDF)



The American Institutes for Research and Learning Point Associates have merged to become the leading education research company in the nation providing a continuum of education research, assessment, technical assistance and policy analysis from the school level up to the national and international levels. Our programs apply science to address real world issues on behalf of clients that include federal and state agencies, international development agencies, leading foundations, school districts and private businesses.

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

Assessment Systems Corporation (ASC) – Vendor of testing and statistical software packages.

The Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) – Produces examinations and certification for language learners. The ALTE frameworks describe five levels of language proficiency. See also the "can-do" statements for self-assessment. 

Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) – Maintains a database of language assessments.

Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) – A national information system funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to provide access to education literature and resources.

Language Resource Centers – Title VI U.S. Department of Education Centers sponsor many projects related to assessment.

National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB). National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB). Foreign language proficiency plans to assess foreign language nationally in grades 4, 8, and 12 between 2008 and 2012 through the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) program, often called "The Nation's Report Card." The framework for the assessment is available in PDF format at the bottom of the page.

National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST)

Practical Assessment, Research and Evaluation (PARE) – An on-line journal supported, in part, by the Department of Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation at the University of Maryland, College Park. Its purpose is to provide education professionals access to refereed articles that can have a positive impact on assessment, research, evaluation, and teaching practice, especially at the local education agency (LEA) level.

Teachers College Record, Columbia University.



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