Testing and Assessment

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.

CAL has developed and is known for a variety of assessments including 

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

Resources, News, and Events

CAL Releases Actionable World Language Resources & Supplements
[VIDEO] Researchers Work to Maintain Choctaw Language By Adapting CAL Assessment
CAL Launches Updated Assessment Resources for World Language and Heritage Language Teachers
Adult English Proficiency Assessments
Adult English Proficiency Assessments

The number of adult English language learners in the United States continues to grow substantially and programs serving them face many challenges in providing instruction to meet their needs. Having ... Read more

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) 2020 Annual Convention (Virtual)
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Related Projects

WIDA Partnership
WIDA Partnership

Funder: Funder: University of Wisconsin, WIDA

WIDA Partnership
WIDA Partnership

Funder: Funder: University of Wisconsin, WIDA

STARTALK
STARTALK

Funder: U.S. Department of Defense, via subcontract from the University of Maryland, National Foreign Language Center

NYSESLAT (New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test)
NYSESLAT (New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test)

Funder: New York State, via subcontract from MetriTech

Computerized Oral Proficiency Instrument (COPI) Test Administration Project
Computerized Oral Proficiency Instrument (COPI) Test Administration Project

Funder: U.S. Department of Education, International Research and Studies Program

Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center (AELRC)
Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center (AELRC)

Funder: U.S. Department of Education

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