Assessment - World Languages

Currently there are no state-required student assessments at any grade level for world languages. The assessment resources described below provide teachers and school administrators with:

  • guidance for the development of world language assessments that may be implemented at the local level to determine a student’s level of performance and/or proficiency in a language other than English. 
  • links to proficiency tests developed by various testing agencies.
Developing World Language Assessments
Proficiency Tests
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Assessment of Performance Toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL). This assessment addresses the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning and uses today’s communication media in which test takers perform tasks such as participating in a virtual video chat, creating wikis, emailing and using apps to demonstrate language ability. AAPPL is available in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Thai and assesses the following modes of communication: interpersonal listening/speaking, presentational writing, interpretive reading and writing.
  • National Examinations in World Language (NEWL) This online proficiency exam was developed in collaboration with ACTFL and is for language learners of Arabic, Korean, Portuguese, and Russian. The exams measure functional language proficiency across four skills: reading and listening comprehension, speaking, and writing. NEWL exams produce AP-style score reports which can be used to apply for college credit and/or placement.
  • STAndards-based Measurement of Proficiency (STAMP) This assessment engages students with real-world content that is leveled according to the topics commonly taught at each level of instruction. STAMP's adaptive test design adjusts to a student's level so s/he is challenged but not overwhelmed. This assessment tests reading, writing, listening, and speaking in the following languages: Arabic, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin (simplified and traditional), Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, and Spanish.