National K–12 Foreign Language Resource Center (Iowa State University) and CAL
Resources on the Internet
There are many useful resources on assessment and evaluation on the Internet. Although the following list is not exhaustive, each site offers numerous links to other potential resources. We also recommend that you do a general search on the Internet on assessment. Sites and resources often change on a daily basis.
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development has an excellent web site that includes numerous assessment articles and books to browse online. Additional educational websites can be accessed as well as an archive of e-mail chats on a range of important topics, including assessment.
The Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) offers a very interesting web page that includes descriptions of their framework of three levels of proficiency and of examinations available in Catalan, Danish, English, French, German, Irish, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Buros Institute of Mental Measurements offers information about their Tests in Print series as well as a highly useful "Test Locator" (jointly offered by Buros, Educational Testing Service, Pro-Ed Publishers, and ERIC/AE) and "Test Review Locator." A number of interesting articles, for example "The Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education," are also available. Once you locate the test reviews you want, they will be faxed to you. This site also provides links to the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the National Council on Measurement in Education, and the American Psychological Association.
Relearning by Design provides educators with opportunities to participate in research, materials development, and training, as well as access information on a variety of topics, including assessment. Some excellent examples of performance assessment tasks and rubrics may be downloaded from their site.
The Charles City Community Schools WebQuest Project was created by Al Bode and Randy Richardson as a means for their students to become better acquainted with the students and culture in San Juan, in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The activities include use of the Internet and electronic mail in order to collaboratively produce final products on the Web. The three project goals are found at the Amistad site and rubrics for each goal are found on the Rubrics page. A description of the webquest project can be found here.
The Connecticut Department of Education World Languages Curriculum Guide is based on five goals: "[to] communicate in languages other than English, gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures, make connections with other disciplines and acquire information, understand the nature of language and cultures through comparison, and participate in multilingual communities and global societies." Chapter 2 includes performance standards and sample assessments for Grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12. Illustrative learning activities and samples are also accessible.
CTB/Magraw-Hill offers information on assessment which include "A Guide for Effective Assessment," state-specific assessment requirements and legislative assessment issues. (Go to the Resources section).
Dr. Helen Barrett's Favorite Links on Alternative Assessment and Electronic Portfolios is a wonderful resource for those interested in learning more about alternative assessment. Through this site visitors can access numerous samples and sites related to assessment.
Many of the resources of The ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation, which no longer exists, have been moved to other sites. Their old site, http://ericae.net/ lists the resources that are still available and where to access them. In addition to links to articles on assessment, there are links to a test locator service (see Buros Institute Description) and to Search Eric. The National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) provides research reports, newsletters, policy briefs, as well as a teacher and parent page and an Ask the Expert section, all related to assessment.
FLTeach: Foreign Language Teaching Forum is primarily a listserv for foreign language educators, but also includes a website with excellent links to a broad range of sites and a searchable archive of all listserv correspondence. Topics presented on the website reflect the wide diversity of interests and concerns of subscribers to the FLTeach listserv.
The Language Testing Research Centre at the University of Melbourne offers a variety of resources on assessment. Of particular interest is their six-part video series, "Mark My Words: Assessing Foreign Language Skills."
The National Center for Fair and Open Testing (FairTest) has a very informative site that includes many helpful publications, fact sheets, and a full catalog of materials on both K–12 and university testing. Two annotated bibliographies on performance assessment and language minority assessment are also available to download. Most recently, FairTest completed a state-by-state survey of testing practices. The results of this survey provide fascinating reading.
The Northwest Regional Education Laboratory offers a nationally-recognized comprehensive database of online educational resources and websites. Sample assessments for reading, writing, and oral communication are also available.
Language Testing Resources is a site maintained by Dr. Glenn Fulcher at the School of Education, University of Leicester, UK. It offers an interesting and informative review of available resources and links to other sites concerned with language testing.