This page is dedicated to exploring strategies and materials related to assessment in foreign language classes through questions such as:
  • What does it mean to understand?
  • Why do we assess, what should we assess, how should we assess it?
  • How can we use assessment as a tool for informing instruction and improving student performance?
  • How can we use performance-based assessments to design effective learning experiences for students?
  • How can we provide students with timely feedback that will help them to improve their performance?
  • How can technology help us to record and report student performance?
  • How can we adapt assessment practices for students with exceptionalities?

Quotes on Assessment

"A grade is an inadequate judgment by a biased and variable judge of the extent to which a student has attained an undefined level of mastery of an unknown proportion of an indefinite amount of material" (Dr. Roger T. Taylor)

"In a very real sense, tests have invented all of us. They play an important role in determining that opportunities are offered to or withheld from us, they mold the expectations and evaluations that other form of us (and we form of them), and they heavily influence our assessments of our own abilities and worth. Therefore, although testing is usually considered to be a means of appraising qualities that are already present in a person, in actuality, the individual in contemporary society is not so much measured by tests as constructed by them" (Hanson, F. Allan. The invention of intelligence. Education Week.)

Principles of Assessment

Purposes of Assessment

Assessment Resources

Annotated List of Articles, Books, & Other Resources Related to Assessment

Oral Assessment in the Foreign Language Classroom: Planning, Conducting, & Managing the Possible Dream - Fantastic resource from North Carolina with simple steps for creating assessments as well as great examples of checklists, different kinds of rubrics (analytic v. holistic), etc.

Using Reflective Assessment to Support Student Learning - This electronic newsletter from the National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center will connect you to ideas, information, and materials that will help you to reflect on your current uses of assessment and, perhaps, to examine some new approaches - chericem1 chericem1

See also: Classroom Management, Curriculum Development, Inquiry-Research-Reflection, School Improvement

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