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ERIC Number: EJ1115026
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0015-718X
Alignment of World Language Standards and Assessments: A Multiple Case Study
Kaplan, Carolyn Shemwell
Foreign Language Annals, v49 n3 p502-529 Fall 2016
Previous research has examined world language classroom-based assessment practices as well as the impact of the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (National Standards in Foreign Language Education Project, 1999) on practice. However, the extent to which K-12 teachers' assessment practices reflect national and state standards has not been made clear. This article presents a multiple case study examining how the classroom-based assessments used by four secondary world language teachers provided insight into students' progress toward achieving the competencies that are specified by Ohio's Learning Standards for 9-12 World Language Programs and the five goal areas as they were described in the 1999 version of the nationally accepted standards framework. Qualitative analysis of assessment artifacts and interview transcripts showed that assessments principally targeted presentational writing and interpretive reading and that some assessments did not directly align with any of the goals or standards. Findings provide continuing evidence to support the results of the Standards Impact Survey (ACTFL, 2011) and have implications for world language teachers' professional development needs and the role of standards in world language education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio
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