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How One College's Testing Provides Proof of Program Efficacy

How One College’s Testing Provides Proof of Program Efficacy

How One College’s Testing Provides Proof of Program Efficacy In the early 2000’s, Cheryl Johnson, Instructional  Technologist at Denison University in Ohio, first learned about Avant’s STAMP™ assessment. At the time, she didn’t recommend it to her department. “It was new and untested,” she said. However, in 2008, Johnson had learned more and began to

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How Language Proficiency Training Transformed My Teaching

How Language Proficiency Training Transformed My Teaching By: Caroline E. Schlegel, M.Ed. I was going through my desk drawer the other day and came across a lesson I had video-recorded my first year teaching. HOLY GUACAMOLE! What was I wearing and why was my hair so short?! Also – what was I actually doing? I was

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How One County is Turning Seal of Biliteracy Access and Equity into Reality

How One County is Turning Seal of Biliteracy Access and Equity into Reality The San Bernardino Superintendent of Schools, Ted Alejandre, and his office are doing something never done before: providing access to all high school seniors learning or speaking more than one language, the opportunity to take the Avant STAMP™ assessment to qualify for

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How I Grew My Language Programs with NADSFL

How I Grew My Language Programs with NADSFL   By: Bonnie Peterson I don’t scare easily.  I’ve been skydiving, extensively traveled the world alone, and taught junior high and high school French for 17 years. From a lifetime of facing my fears, I thought that I could do anything.  Then, I applied for and was

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How can language programs leverage Texas’ Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA)?

How can language programs leverage Texas’ Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA)?   In 2019, Texas passed legislation to create the Teacher Incentive Allotment for Texas schools as a realistic pathway for teachers to earn higher salaries and focus funding on traditionally hard-to-staff schools and districts. Since then, school districts across the state have applied for this

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Study Abroad During A Pandemic? Here Is How CIEE Did It Successfully

If you thought COVID was tough on your school or organization, imagine being in the study abroad business. Airplanes grounded. Host families can’t take strangers into their homes. Schools around the world are closed. You can’t do study abroad on Zoom. The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) typically sends about 15,000 Americans abroad and

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Discover the Potential of Your Language Programs with Avant STAMP Data

Watch Roger Burt and Bonnie Peterson Share How They Used Avant STAMP Data To Improve The World Language Program At Their School In this video you will learn how Avant’s Regional Account Managers Roger Burt and Bonnie Peterson used the data from the Avant STAMP Assessment at Clearfield High School and Davis School District to

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Albuquerque Bilingual Students see Themselves in School Leadership

Carl Falsgraf In school, Jessica Villalobos could not see herself. People who looked like her, shared her background, who spoke Spanish were nowhere to be seen in the textbooks, novels, and films at her school. “I saw windows, but no mirrors,” she says. “These windows into the dominant culture helped me understand the wider world.

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Using STAMP to Create a Culture of Learning at the College of DuPage

Carl Falsgraf Sandra Martins was a good Spanish student. But, when she finally visited Spain for the first time, she found much of what she had learned to be useless.  “All that studying, and I didn’t even feel comfortable buying a newspaper,” she says. Sandra could easily have been one of those people who say,

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Data Is A Key To Language Proficiency

Hebrew at the Center’s Approach To Language Proficiency A data-driven approach to language proficiency helps Hebrew at the Center turn Hebrew students into Hebrew speakers. How do you get the most out of your language program at your school? For many schools across the country, the answer is the same: Hebrew at the Center. The

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Children in the classroom taking the Avant STAMP Language Proficiency Test

Student Avant STAMP Language Proficiency Test Scores Skyrocket

Student Avant STAMP Language Proficiency Test Scores Skyrocket Sheila Bong Simply letting students talk more during a class led to dramatic improvements in students’ language proficiency skills at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. When Daniella Friedman began working as the Language Coordinator for Kindergarten – 5th grade at the Charles E. Smith Jewish

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Language Placement Testing: Tulane’s Success Story

Language Placement Testing: Tulane’s Success Story Tulane University started using online assessment for student placement a few years ago, discovering that student performance data — like duct tape — can solve all sorts of problems. Language Placement Testing: The Duct Tape For Student Success Water leaking into boxes of explosives during World War II was

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Welcoming Bonnie Flint to the Avant Family

Welcoming Bonnie Flint to the Avant Family David Bong Welcoming Bonnie Flint to the Avant Family I would like to introduce myself as the newest team member at Avant Assessment.  I am thrilled to be here, and I am excited about many of the things we will be working on soon. Over the past 12 years,

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Carl Robertson: The Mad Scientist of Texas

Carl Robertson: The Mad Scientist of Texas Carl Falsgraf Carl Robertson: The Mad Scientist of TexasDespite his doctorate in comparative literature, Carl Robertson is a scientist at heart. He is always conducting experiments on his Chinese program at Southwestern University in Texas. “Every year, I have at least one pedagogic objective I focus on,” he says.

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Recognizing all Heritage Language Learners in Texas

Recognizing all Heritage Language Learners in Texas Stephany Sipes Heritage Language Learners in Texas Stephany Sipes is the World Language Coordinator in Plano, Texas, and a language educator for 13 years. As World Language Coordinator in Plano, Texas, I oversee the curriculum and instruction of more than 12,000 students. Our team of outstanding teachers believe

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4 Fun Ways to Help Students Maintain their Language Skills this Summer

4 Fun Ways to Help Students Maintain Their Language Skills This Summer Your kids worked hard all school year learning and improving their world language skills. Don’t let the summer or holiday slide set them back! It’s finally that time of year- school is out! You’ve finished the spring testing season, final report cards are

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Why wait until high school for Seal of Biliteracy?

Why Wait Until High School for Seal of Biliteracy? Chicago Public Schools isn’t waiting until high school to give world language students an opportunity to earn a Seal of Biliteracy. When the school year comes to an end and high school graduates celebrate their awards and achievements, many will receive a Seal of Biliteracy on

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5 Expert Language Testing Tips For Teachers & Students

5 Expert Language Testing Tips for Teachers & Students By following these tips from some of Avant’s expert raters, students can feel more confident going into their language proficiency tests this spring. Nobody knows what success looks like on a language proficiency test better than Avant’s team of expert raters – those who have experienced

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Expanding Opportunities for Polish Speakers: As Seal of Biliteracy Testing Increases, So Should Access

Seals of Biliteracy for Polish Speakers: Increasing Access with Help From The Polish Mission Polish Speakers & The Seal Of Biliteracy The number of states and school districts offering the Seal of Biliteracy continues to increase rapidly across the country. This growth is providing a tremendous opportunity for students who have mastered a second language

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ADVANCE: Making Proficiency Real for Preservice Teachers

ADVANCE: Making Proficiency Real for Preservice Teachers   Tell me and I forget Teach me and I remember Involve me and I learn                   -Benjamin Franklin The publication of the ACTFL Proficiency guidelines in 1986 was a watershed moment for the field. At last, we had a common

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