Assessment Scales and Self-Assessment


The ACTFL Proficiency Scale has been updated for 2012 and includes samples online. It is primarily used with older students through adult, but it serves as the guideline for all of the other scales used in the U.S. For information about the ACTFL OPI or WPT tests, go here.

The ACTFL Performance Guidelines are meant for use in grades K-12 and are very helpful in writing rubrics. If you own Languages and Children: Making the Match, by Curtain and Dahlberg, there is a copy of the guidelines in the appendix.

The SOPA Scale is used by the Center for Applied Linguistics when they test younger children using the SOPA test. It is a great guide for PreK-6 programs when creating curriculum goals and rubrics. See the SOPA Scale here. Download information about online and in-person training here. Read an article about the original SOPA test here. Read a validation study of the SOPA done in 2002 here.

Linguafolio, a self-assessment portfolio, by the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages, and Linguafolio, Jr. meant for younger students. Print out all the components of Linguafolio Jr. here.

The Common European Framework for Languages: an excellent resource and rubric. Much of the Linguafolio discussions were based on this document. It is used throughout the European Union. See the charts by scrolling down to the bottom of this page.. To read even more about it, click here.

Standardized World Language Assessments


The ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview: The field-wide standard for assessment of the language skills of adults, college, and some high school students. Click here.

The SOPA/ELLOPA/COPE tests are for PreK-8 programs and are offered through the Center for Applied Linguistics,

The STAMP Assessment is an online, standardized assessment, aligned with national Standards. It is offered by Avant Assessment


Assessment Examples and Ideas

NEW Check out the Linguafolio module on Assessement here. Lots of great ideas and video of students.


All of the former New York Regents exams are available here. An excellent resource for listening and reading exercises.

"Teaching Foreign Languages K-12: A Library of Classroom Practices" http://www.learner.org/resources/series185.html has a great, free video on assessment, focusing on the ACTFL IPA. Scroll down to the Assessment video.
ACTFL Integrated Peformance Assessments: A system of assessment using all three modes of communication in a cycle of feedback and revision. Click here.

This document, from the Georgia Department of Education, has a super list of sample assessments in each of the three modes of communication. Thanks to Desiree for this link!

Wisconsin's "World Language Assessment: Get in the Mode" website has a variety of resources for learning about best practices in assessment, including videos that can be watched online. From true experts in world language assessment, Paul Sandrock and Pam DelFosse (former Japanese teacher!). http://www.ecb.org/worldlanguageassessment/index.htm

Foriegn Language Educator's of New Jersey: Thematically Organized Assessment Tasks are here. Excellent examples of assessments and units that all teachers can access.

ACTFL Integrated Peformance Assessments: A system of assessment using all three modes of communication in a cycle of feedback and revision. Click here.

Here are some notes that Lisa took on content-obligatory and content-compatible objectives, along with some notes about assessment and the different proficiency scales.


The slides we looked at about grading percentages and what students value came from a presentation by Greg Duncan of Interprep, Inc.

Fairfax County Public Schools PALS (Performance Assessment for Language Students) Rubrics with conversion charts to convert to letter grades. Click here.

This website from North Carolina outlines oral assessment tasks in the foreign language classroom, with steps for creating the assessment and some super examples http://www.ncpublicschools.org/curriculum/secondlanguages/resources/orallanguages/04creatinghttp://www.state.nj.us/njded/frameworks/worldlanguages/appendb.pdf The State of New Jersey’s World Languages Frameworks have an excellent section on assessment. It gives lots of ideas for different types of assessments.
http://www.fcps.k12.va.us/DIS/OHSICS/forlang/PALS/index.htm Fairfax County Public Schools has developed “PALS” (Performance Assessment for Language Students) and lists all of their rubrics on this website. If you click on “scoring Analytic Task” they show you how they convert rubric points to grades.http://www.nde.state.ne.us/FORLG/Frameworks/FLFAsses.pdf The Nebraska K-12 Foreign Language Frameworks have an excellent section on assessment, including a description of rubrics, generic rubrics for various tasks and unit plans with sample rubrics.
Making Your Own Rubrics**
CARLA's Virtual Assessment Center A tutorial on using rubrics, including examples of rubrics for world languages. The reading we did in class is found here.
This website by Fairfax County Virginia public schools, gives you a good idea of how they convert rubrics into scores for grading. They made up their own charts for it. Thanks to CARLA for the link. http://www.fcps.edu/DIS/OHSICS/forlang/PALS/rubrics/index.htm
http://www.teach-nology.com/web_tools/rubrics/general/ A rubric generator! Type in your levels of achievement and it makes it for you! Membership and fee for certain services.

http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php Rubistar From the website: RubiStar is a tool to help the teacher who wants to use rubrics but does not have the time to develop them from scratch. RubiStar provides generic rubrics that can simply be printed and used for many typical projects and research assignments. The unique thing about

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http://www.nacell.org.uk/resources/pub_cilt/portfolio.htm The European Language Portfolio, Jr. Go to this link in the website and click on CEFR Illustrative Descriptors for a very detailed document that explains each of the language levels further. http://www.coe.int/T/DG4/Portfolio/?L=E&M=/documents_intro/Data_bank_descriptors.html
http://www.pen.k12.va.us/linguafolio/ LinguaFolio – a portfolio version being developed by Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky and Georgia