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Washington World Language Assessment Days

OSPI, the Washington Association for Language Teaching, and the State Board of Education are offering World Language Assessment Day opportunities for 8th to 12th grade students in Washington to demonstrate their language proficiency and possibly earn high school credits. Throughout this school year students will have the opportunity to take world language proficiency assessments in a proctored environment at schools, districts, colleges, and universities across the state as one way to earn competency-based high school credits. Download the Memo for full details. Our goal is to support middle school, high school, and higher education students who want to take nationally recognized world language proficiency assessments. We also support districts to Host a Washington World Language Assessment Day.

Learn about the World Language Credit Program.The OSPI World Languages Program, the Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT), and the State Board of Education (SBE) began collaborating on a series of “Washington World Language Assessment Days” in spring 2011. Our goal is to support middle school, high school, and higher education students who want to take nationally recognized world language proficiency assessments. We also support districts to Host a Washington World Language Assessment Day.

Middle and high school students who sign up for “Washington World Language Assessment Days” and complete the assessment receive a certificate of recognition signed by OSPI and SBE, with a cover letter indicating proficiency levels attained in the tested language and high school credit equivalencies based on the recommendations in the state’s Model Procedure for competency-based credits. (Whether the students’ districts are able to award high school world language credits would depend on the district-adopted policy and procedure regarding competency-based credits.) Students also receive a copy of the assessment report provided by the testing company. If students request it, a copy of the letter and report can also be sent to the students' school counselor or district office.

Who may register
Students in grades 7–12, as well as college and university students

Assessments offered

  STAMP Assessment ACTFL Assessments OSPI-Provided Proctored Tests

Name of the Assessment(s)

Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency (STAMP)

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

Writing Proficiency Test (WPT)

Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)

OPIc (computer-based)

Proctored Writing Test

Proctored Oral Language Test

provided by OSPI World Languages Office

Cost*

$30 per language assessed (paid by credit card, check, or cash to WAFLT)

WPT – $75

OPI – $145

OPIc – $75

Proctored Writing Test - $55

Proctored Oral Language Test - $105

Languages Assessed

Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin (Simplified or Traditional Characters), and Arabic.

A large number of languages have OPIs; a smaller number have WPTs. Check the current list of OPI languages and WPT languages.

Any language that does not have a STAMP test or an ACTFL OPI, OPIc, and/or WPT.

Language Skills Measured

Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking (Presentational Mode)

WPT – Writing (plus student's ability to read their own writing)

OPI – Oral skills (Speaking and Listening in an interactive interview via telephone)

OPIc – Oral skills (Speaking and Listening in a simulated interview with an Avatar via the Web)

Proctored Writing Test – Writing (plus student’s ability to read their own writing)

Proctored Oral Language Test – Speaking as recorded in specific tasks in LinguaFolio Online (plus student’s ability to understand their own recorded speech)

Length of assessment

The STAMP assessment is computer-adaptive and untimed, so the length of time required to complete it depends on the individual student. Many beginning students can complete all four sections in less than 90 minutes, but it would be wise to allow at least 2 hours. Some native speakers have taken over 3 hours.

The WPT is a timed test lasting 1½ hours with four writing prompts.

The OPI and OPIc typically take about 30–35 minutes.

The Proctored Writing Test takes 1½ hours with three writing prompts.

The Proctored Oral Language Test takes about 30 minutes to record (and review) in LinguaFolio Online.

How delivered STAMP – online via a website

WPT – hand-written (test packets are mailed to the test site in advance, then mailed back to LTI)

OPI – by telephone (using a land line at a school or test location)

OPIc – online via a website

Proctored Writing Test – hand-written (test packets are emailed as PDFs to the test site in advance; test site scans them and returns them to OSPI for evaluation)

Proctored Oral Language Test – online via a website

*Cost: Many districts sponsor the tests for current ELL students and/or students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. Otherwise, students pay for the tests themselves. Contact your district if you have questions about paying for testing.

Dates and Locations
World Language Assessment days are currently scheduled on a variety of days and in a number of locations. Please see the complete list of current dates and locations listed on the registration form. Check back regularly as more dates and locations are added.

If your district would like to host a Washington World Language Assessment Day for your students, please visit: Host a Washington World Language Assessment Day.

How to Register
Interested students go online to Register for Washington World Language Assessment Days.
Note: Students in the Road Map districts of Auburn, Kent, or Tukwila: Registration.

They will have an opportunity to select one language for assessment. Then, based on the language (and the assessment options available for that language), they can select a date and location. WAFLT (Washington Association for Language Teaching) manages the registration process and sends students an email confirmation with more information about the test date and location after they register. Payment information is available on the registration form.

About the Assessment Instruments
The most frequently used assessment during “Washington World Language Assessment Days” is the Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency (STAMP). Developed at the Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS) at the University of Oregon, it is offered through the testing company Avant Assessment. STAMP is one of a few online proficiency assessments available nationally. STAMP is delivered with written instructions in English, so students taking the test should have at least 7th grade level reading skills in English. Results are reported in a range related to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines from “Novice Low” (very beginning) to “Advanced.” Learn more at Avant Assessment > STAMP.

In addition to STAMP, WAFLT and OSPI are now providing assessments developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL): the Writing Proficiency Test (WPT), Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and OPI computer-based (OPIc), offered through Language Testing International. Some languages have an OPI but do not yet have an ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT). For those languages, OSPI can provide a Proctored Writing Test with three writing samples that districts can administer and then submit to OSPI for an external evaluation for competency-based credits. 

For languages that do not currently have STAMP or ACTFL tests, OSPI can provide both the Proctored Writing Test and the Proctored Oral Language Test for recording oral language samples using LinguaFolio Online. OSPI provides the testing materials to the district or school person coordinating the testing day. The OSPI World Languages Office sends these proctored tests off-site for external evaluation by language professionals. While these evaluations do not provide an exact proficiency rating, they do provide the information needed to justify recommending from 1-4 competency-based credits in the language. For more information, contact worldlanguage@k12.wa.us.

For American Sign Language, students may register to take the SLPI assessment offered through North Carolina American Sign Language Teachers Association. Students interested in completing the SLPI should contact worldlanguage@k12.wa.us or byaden@plu.edu to arrange a testing site.

Questions? Email worldlanguage@k12.wa.us.

 

 

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