Assessing Proficiency: A SLO Pre-Assessment for French 2 Students

board-361516_1280In Ohio, as in an increasing number of states, teachers are now evaluated (in part) on the extent to which their students meet the Student Learning Objectives that have been set for them.  Fortunately, both the Ohio Foreign Language Association and the Ohio Department of Education have encouraged us to develop SLO’s based on student growth in proficiency.  Therefore, within the first couple of weeks of school, I will be giving this pre-assessment(French 2 SLO Pre-AssessmentSLO Article p. 1SLO Article p. 2t) to my French 2 students.  Rather than assessing their work using performance rubrics, as I do for the unit IPA’s, I will use these proficiency rubrics to assess this IPA. I will then give a post-assessment (IPA that is unrelated to a recent unit of study), to assess student growth.

How do you measure growth in your students?

12 thoughts on “Assessing Proficiency: A SLO Pre-Assessment for French 2 Students

  1. Francine Fuchs

    Thank you so much for sharing an incredibly thorough assessment. You have successfully incorporated Read to Write and language acquisition strategies. We are facing the same teacher evaluation challenges in New York. I applaud you for your commitment and efforts.

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  2. Michelle

    I get so excited when I see an email from “Madame’s Musings” in my inbox. What a wonderful example of an IPA. Thank you so much for sharing. Also, is there a page 2 document that goes along with SLO article p. 1?

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    1. madameshepard Post author

      Thanks, Michelle! I appreciate both your kind comment and your letting me know in such a thoughtful way that I’d attached the wrong link for the 2nd page. It’s fixed now! Lisa

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    2. Jen

      Bonjour! Can someone let me know the authentic source i.e. magazine etc of this IPA. It looks super appropriate, but wondering the source.
      Merci!
      Jennifer

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      1. madameshepard Post author

        Hi, Jen I’m back in my classroom now so I have more specific details about the magazine. It’s a special edition of GEO Ado called “Hors-Serie Ados du monde”. The magazine is published by Milan. There’s no issue number or date (since it’s not part of the series), but I bought it from a newsstand at Charles de Gaulle at the end of June, 2015. I hope this helps, Lisa

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  3. Jennifer

    Bonjour Lisa! Thanks so much for letting me know that info..my colleague who teaches upper level was just wanting me to make sure it was authentic …thanks for compling this..I’m going to use it for my level II pre assessment.
    Bonne journée!!
    Jenn

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      1. Nathalie

        Hi Lisa! I love your IPAs! I was curious to see what post-assessment you gave to your students and what their growth targets were! Merci!
        Nathalie Gorey

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        1. madameshepard Post author

          Hi, Nathalie! My growth target for my French 1’s is Novice Mid, for my French 2’s is Novice High, for my French 3’s is Intermediate Low, and for my French 4’s is Intermediate Mid. I’ll be using thes rubrics: http://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/Ohios-Learning-Standards/Foreign-Language/World-Languages-Model-Curriculum/World-Languages-Model-Curriculum-Framework/Instructional-Strategies/Scoring-Guidelines-for-World-Languages/1a-Novice-Mid-Holisitic-Rubric-Presentational_august_2015.pdf.aspx I’m not sure what IPA I’ll be using for the post-assessment yet!

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