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World Languages

Host a Washington World Language Assessment Day

Districts are invited to host a Washington World Language Assessment Day of your own by offering nationally available world language proficiency assessments at a suitable time and location in your district. These assessments may include:

  • Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency (STAMP)
  • ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT)
  • ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)
  • ACTFL OPIc (OPI computer-based)
  • Proctored Writing Test provided by OSPI
  • Proctored Oral Language Test provided by OSPI

Get details about each test.

Get a list of languages and which tests they use.

A number of districts, including Aberdeen, Auburn, Bellingham, Burlington-Edison, Edmonds, Federal Way, Kennewick, Kent, Ocosta, Peninsula, Renton, Seattle, Spokane, and Tukwila, have already begun hosting World Language Assessment Days with great success.

Here’s the process:

  1. Contact us. Dr. Bridget Yaden, byaden@plu.edu, Assessment Coordinator for the Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT), and the OSPI World Languages Program Office, worldlanguage@k12.wa.us, OSPI World Languages Program Supervisor, to let us know of your interest and which languages you want to assess.

  2. Select assessments. Decide on which assessments your district wants to offer. Most districts start with the STAMP because it includes Spanish and other commonly tested languages, it is reasonably priced ($30 per student), and straightforward to administer. (More about ACTFL WPT, OPI, and OPIc, and the Proctored tests offered by OSPI below.)

  3. Run technology check. If you are offering STAMP, run the technology diagnostics in your computer lab. For more information, visit: If you are planning to offer the ACTFL OPIc, run the OPIc diagnostics. If your computer system passes these diagnostics, it should be fine for the Proctored Oral Language Test, which uses LinguaFolio Online. In particular, for all these tests, you need to make sure that you have adequate Internet bandwidth and headphones with microphones for recording the spoken samples. (If you don’t have headphones with microphones now, you can purchase them for about $25 each.)

  4. Choose dates/times. Decide on which dates you want to offer the assessments. Usually a Saturday is good so that students are well rested. Most sites run STAMP from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, so there is time for students to complete it. You should allow at least a 3 ½ hour window for students to complete the STAMP because it is not timed, and since it is computer-adaptive, more proficient students may take longer to complete it. The ACTFL WPT (paper and pen) and OSPI-provided Proctored Writing Test (also paper and pen) take 1½ hours. Usually, it’s best to have students complete the writing first, then take the oral part (ACTFL OPIc or Proctored Oral Language Test via LinguaFolio Online) in the computer lab afterwards. By that time, some of the students taking STAMP will have completed their testing. For The ACTFL OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview by telephone), most sites schedule that on a different day than the writing (see below).

  5. Consider payment process. Before your test site can be added to the registration form, WAFLT needs to know if your district will be sponsoring (i.e. paying the registration fee for) students taking the test. If the district is not paying for the tests, then students can either pay WAFLT through PayPal or by sending a check to WAFLT or bringing the test fee in cash or check ($30 for STAMP) on the test date. If the district sponsors the students, WAFLT will send an invoice to the district after the test date.

  6. Add dates/locations to registration. Email Bridget (byaden@plu.edu) to add the dates and locations when you want to host Washington World Language Assessment Day to the online registration form. The registration form will also be updated to indicate whether students in your district are being sponsored or not. You can also limit registration at your site to students from your district.

  7. Hold WA World Language Assessment Day. WAFLT/OSPI will provide you with a final registration list before the test day and will also send out confirmation email reminders to the students who registered for that test date.

  8. Receive letters and certificates from OSPI. Within about two to three weeks after the Assessment Day, OSPI will receive the test results from the testing companies. Then OSPI will create letters and certificates for the students and copies of the test results for your district. These will be mailed to your district to distribute to the students, with a copy for the district files.

Summary of Information Needed:

  • Which languages do you want to test?
  • Which assessments do you want to offer?
  • Do you have an adequate lab for offering STAMP (or ACTFL OPIc)?
  • Which dates do you want to schedule?
  • Will any students in your district be sponsored (by your district)?

Additional Information about ACTFL OPI, OPIc, WPT, and OSPI-Provided Proctored Writing Test and Proctored Oral Language Test
The ACTFL assessments are more costly, but cover a wider range of languages than STAMP. If you have students needing to be tested in languages like Russian, Vietnamese, Korean, Amharic, Nepali, and others, then you will likely need to offer the ACTFL tests as an option.

Usually districts start by having students complete the writing part – either the ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT), if it is available for that language, or a Proctored Writing Test, provided to the testing site by OSPI. These paper-and-pen writing tests last for 1½ hours and must be strictly proctored. The ACTFL WPT tests must be ordered 10 days in advance of the testing day. The test booklets are mailed to the testing site (or other location specified) in advance of the test date. The Proctored Writing Tests are emailed as PDF files by OSPI to the testing coordinator to print for each student for the test day. When the tests are complete, the ACTFL WPTs must be mailed back to Language Testing International for rating. The Proctored Writing Tests should be scanned and emailed to the OSPI World Languages Office for external evaluation.

If the oral test can be delivered online (for languages that use the ACTFL OPIc or the Proctored Oral Language Test provided by OSPI), then it’s generally most convenient to complete the oral testing on the same day, following the writing test. Students can take a brief break after writing then go to the computer lab (or library or classroom) to do the oral part. These online oral language tests take about 30-35 minutes. The district (or student) is not charged for the ACTFL OPIc until the student logs into the computer to take it or for the Proctored Oral Language Test until the sample is sent for evaluation.

Many languages use the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), an interview by telephone with a native speaker. The OPI needs to be scheduled for a specific time and place for each student being interviewed. Once an OPI date and time are confirmed, the district (or student) is responsible for paying for it. Generally, it’s most convenient for the students to schedule the OPI at their school, perhaps during lunchtime in the counselor’s office or after school. Some districts schedule a number of OPIs on a Saturday and use administrative or counseling office phones so that multiple OPIs can be scheduled over several hours. Proctoring is straightforward: the proctor just makes the call, then hands the phone to the student for the interview. The main challenge is making sure that the student is really committed to attend since the district (or student) must pay for the OPI ($140) whether or not the student attends at the appointed time.

For more specific information about these options, be sure to contact Dr. Bridget Yaden, byaden@plu.edu, Assessment Coordinator for the Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT), and the OSPI World Languages Program Office, worldlanguage@k12.wa.us, OSPI World Languages Program Supervisor.

Example Testing Schedule

Computer lab (or library) Quiet Classroom (or lunchroom)
People needed:
  • Registration person (greets students, checks registration and payment information)
  • Proctor (responsible for making sure the testing environment is secure)
  • Technical backup (available in case of any technical difficulties with computers or Internet)
People needed:
  • Registration person (greets students, checks registration and payment information)
  • Proctor (responsible for making sure the testing environment is secure)
  • Technical backup (in case the proctor needs a break during the 1½ hour testing)

9:45 Students arrive and sign in for STAMP testing

9:45 Students arrive and sign in for ACTFL WPT or the Proctored Writing Test provided by OSPI

10:00 STAMP testing begins (it’s not necessary for all students to start together)

10:00 ACTFL WPT and Proctored Writing Test begin (all students must start together)

Students continue taking the STAMP at their own pace

11:30 ACTFL WPT and Proctored Writing Test end (all students must end together)

12:00 Students who were taking the ACTFL WPT and Proctored Writing Test may come take the ACTFL OPIc or Proctored Oral Language Test using LinguaFolio Online in the lab. (Some students may still be completing the STAMP.)

 

12:30-12:35 Most students should have completed the ACTFL OPIc or Proctored Oral Language Test. (Some students may still be completing the STAMP.)

 

1:00 Most students should have completed the STAMP. (If necessary, you can arrange to have them come next time to finish it.)

 

Scheduling the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)
Following the Assessment Day, the Proctor for the writing tests mails all of the ACTFL WPTs back to Language Testing International (per the instructions sent by LTI) and scans the Proctored Writing Tests and emails them to the OSPI World Languages Program Office, worldlanguage@k12.wa.us. Usually it takes about two to three weeks to get the ratings or evaluations back. Once the district receives those, then it’s time to schedule OPI interviews for the students who will take that test. Contact Bridget byaden@plu.edu to schedule the OPIs. LTI usually requests two possible dates/times for each interview, although it may be possible to schedule a group of interviews (e.g., Vietnamese interviews on a Saturday 10 am – 1 pm), then confirm which students will actually be interviewed during each interview slot. The scheduling takes a bit of effort, but the interviews themselves usually go very smoothly and are very comfortable for the students.

Creating a LinguaFolio Online Collection of Evidence
In some cases, students may feel uncertain about whether their language skills (especially reading and writing) are high enough to warrant spending the money for an external test. For that reason, students participating in WA World Language Assessment Days have the option of creating a LinguaFolio Online Collection of Evidence to provide further evidence of their proficiency in the language. This is a more lengthy process, so it is usually scheduled separately from WA World Language Assessment Day. Some districts are requiring students to do this before the district sponsors them to take one of the ACTFL assessments. To learn more, contact the OSPI World Languages Program Office at OSPI, worldlanguage@k12.wa.us, at OSPI.

 

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