Thanks to this funding, the World Language department will be able to administer an external assessment measure to determine student proficiency levels across languages, and use this data to analyze patterns of strengths and needed improvements in instructional strategies. Proficiency in World Languages measures what learners can actually do with the language, rather than content covered in class. The American Council for the Teaching of ForeignLanguages (ACTFL) developed a proficiency scale, which categorizes students as Novice (low, mid, high), Intermediate (low, mid, high), or Advanced (low, mid, high). The World Language Department is working this year towards the collective goal to “investigate proficiency levels during department meetings by looking at sample assessments and rubrics, instructional strategies for teaching for proficiency, can-do statement integration, and reviewing data from common assessments with the ultimate goal of determining proficiency targets for all languages and all levels in each of the modes of communication/skills by the end of the year.”
Samples of students in all languages will be assessed at levels 2 and 4 to look at progress across the curriculum. In French, Italian, Mandarin, and Spanish, the Standards-Based Measure of Proficiency (STAMP) Assessment will be used. In Latin, the ACTFL Latin Interpretive Reading Assessment (ALIRA) will be used.
The World Language department is incredibly grateful to AEF for their generosity!