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Assessment: Expansion...

The performance assessment tasks clarify what the student is expected to do as a result of instruction. The assessment task brings the language learning into a real-life application, reinforcing that the student learned something worthwhile. If the unit’s instructional goal is a test that merely involves filling in blanks, reproducing a memorized dialogue, or writing five sentences in past tense, the teacher has no real evidence that her students can apply what they have learned. Instead of relying on such substitute evidence, the unit assessment should provide evidence of achievement of the identified communication standards.

To further your understanding of why and how to assess student proficiency, tour the Virtual Assessment Center, developed by the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition, which provides indepth explanations, examples, and activities.

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