Module 6: Putting It Together
Scenario - Elementary Education
Now that you have completed Understanding Assessment, you are ready to put your skills and knowledge to use. Throughout this tutorial you may have noticed references to CAL’s Foreign Language Assessment Directory (FLAD). This online directory of information about foreign language tests serves as a resource to members of the language education community. With the information from this tutorial, you can evaluate the information in the FLAD and in other published materials to determine whether a test is right for your students.
This example will familiarize you with the FLAD so that you can use it for your own purposes. Read the example below about Miguel and follow the directions to help him find a test.
Miguel is looking for a test to use in his district’s elementary school Spanish program. Please click here to view part of his completed needs assessment.
What tests might be useful for Miguel? Use the information from his needs assessment to search the FLAD for tests. You may not find a test that meets all of his needs. Try searching for a test using some of the criteria listed in the needs assessment.
After Miguel has identified tests which meet all or some of his needs, he has several questions related to practicality, reliability, validity, and impact.
Get out a sheet of paper and brainstorm some questions he might have. Then click here to view the questions he could discuss with other stakeholders.