Module 6: Putting It Together
Scenario - Secondary and Post-secondary 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 Ms. Nieves and follow the directions to help her find a test.


Ms. Nieves is looking for a test to use in her district’s high school Spanish program.  Please click here to view part of her completed needs assessment.



What available tests might be useful for Ms. Nieves?  Use the information from her needs assessment to search the FLAD for tests.  You may not find a test that meets all of her needs.  Try searching for a test using some of the criteria listed in the needs assessment. 

After Ms. Nieves has identified tests which meet all or some of her needs, she has several questions related to practicality, reliability, validity, and impact.


Get out a sheet of paper and brainstorm some questions she might have.  Then click here to view the questions she could discuss with other stakeholders. 


Positive Washback

Does one class stand out with high achievers?  See what’s working in that classroom and incorporate these resources into the curriculum so that everyone can benefit.