A Device-Delivered, Automatically Scored, Formative Assessment of English Speaking and Listening Skills

A Device-Delivered, Automatically Scored, Formative Assessment of English Speaking and Listening Skills

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A Device-Delivered, Automatically Scored, Formative Assessment of English Speaking and Listening Skills

Speaking and listening standards that require learners to construct oral arguments and supporting evidence and evaluate others’, arguments present challenges for teachers and students. These challenges play out in the teaching-learning process and during formative assessment activities. Effective formative assessment practices are part of effective instruction (e.g., Black &, Wiliam, 1998, Herman et al., 2006). Teachers need support to assess student skill in speaking and listening in order to foster development. We will demonstrate an innovative prototype speaking and listening assessment that is aligned to US speaking and listening standards and embedded in instructional content for English learners using story boards. Later this year, the assessment tasks will be administered on digital devices and scored automatically, thus providing timely formative feedback to teachers and students and reducing teacher assessment burden. This paper illustrates the online prototype assessment task Year Round School designed to provide reliable and validly interpretable formative information and for use for school-to-school and district-to-district comparisons.Keywords: speaking and listening, online performance assessment, automated scoring

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