Testing & Assessment

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Assessment is a critical element in language education. Well-crafted assessments provide valid, reliable, and relevant information about student progress. Assessment data can be used to inform program evaluation and instructional design to better meet the needs of language learners and the educators who serve them.

For over fifty years, CAL has been a key player in developing language tests used by many public and private agencies. CAL staff produce resources, develop tests, conduct research on language testing, and provide professional development for language teachers on assessment. Our assessment projects serve foreign and English language learners of all ages at all educational levels. This includes professional settings, such as the government and workplace.

To learn more about CAL's work and resources about this topic, browse the subtopics within this section.

Projects

STARTALK

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STARTALK was created in 2006 to provide learning opportunities in the critical languages for students (K-16) and professional development for teachers of the critical languages, mainly through programs offered during the summer.

Resources

Computerized Oral Proficiency Instrument (COPI)

Computerized Oral Proficiency Instrument (COPI)

The Computerized Oral Proficiency Instrument (COPI) provides language educators with a computerized, time-efficient assessment of their students’ oral language proficiency in several languages.

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