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ERIC Number: EJ926433
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-1543-4303
Assessing the Foreign Language Proficiency of High School Students in New Zealand: From the Traditional to the Innovative
East, Martin; Scott, Adele
Language Assessment Quarterly, v8 n2 p179-189 2011
A revised schoolwide curriculum for New Zealand was implemented in 2010. This new curriculum has placed a new and strong emphasis on foreign language (L2) learning and has precipitated a reevaluation of high-stakes assessment practices to ensure that senior school assessments will be aligned to new curriculum requirements. The reevaluation has led to proposed changes to the ways in which students' L2 proficiency will be assessed. This article traces the history of L2 assessment in New Zealand from the early 1990s to 2010. It describes several changes in assessment practices that have occurred during this time; documents the assessment-curriculum alignment project (the SCALEs project), which led to the blueprints from which new L2 assessments are being developed; and outlines the next steps in the revision process. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand