Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Arlington Model WL Assessments Presented at DESE Fall Convening

Five years ago, a process to develop common assessments in the World Language department was begun, with a decision to focus one of theses assessments on the important skill of Interpersonal Speaking. Last week, World Language Director Catherine Ritz was invited to present this assessment at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Fall Convening as a model assessment for other districts. As part of a small group led by Craig Waterman of DESE, Catherine shared the model assessment, discussed the process Arlington went through to develop it, and explained the process for scoring the assessment using a department rubric.

This assessment is now posted on the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA) website as a model "District Determined Measure" (DDM, or common assessment), and will be posted as well on the DESE website.

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