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Help Avant Assessment Celebrate Achieving Women in Language for International Women’s Day

Help Avant Assessment Celebrate Achieving Women in Language for International Women’s Day #AvantAchiever Each year, on March 8th, International Women’s Day (#IWD2022) is one of the most important days of the year to: celebrate women’s achievements raise awareness about women’s equality lobby for gender parity fundraise for female-focused charities This year’s theme was #breakthebias and …

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Four Steps To Achieving Higher Proficiency-Level Language Learners

Four Steps That Help Language Learners Achieve Higher Proficiency Levels Employers around the world are looking for multilingual applicants1 that have accredited high levels of proficiency for their second languages. We call this biliteracy which has become increasingly important in our globalized economy. Workers with the ability to communicate across cultures, not just borders, is a …

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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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The California State Seal of Biliteracy

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 in California: providing access to all high school seniors learning or speaking more than one language, the opportunity to take the Avant STAMP™ assessment to …

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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 funding …

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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. Learn how CIEE beat the pandemic. The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) typically …

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

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. Language Learning And Real World Proficiency “All that studying, and I didn’t even feel comfortable buying a newspaper,” she says. Sandra could easily have been one of …

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Student Avant STAMP Language Proficiency Test Scores Skyrocket

Student Avant STAMP Language Proficiency Test Scores Skyrocket 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. Listening Is Good, Speaking Is Better When Daniella Friedman began working as the Language Coordinator for Kindergarten – 5th grade at the …

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Using STAMP Data To Improve Your Small Language Program: Carl Robertson’s Story

Using STAMP Data To Improve Your Small Language Program: Carl Robertson’s Story  Carl Robertson is a scientist at heart. This is why he is always experimenting with his Chinese language program at Southwestern University in Texas.  How Carl Sets His Objectives “Every year, I have at least one pedagogic objective I focus on,” he says. …

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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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As More States Adopt the Seal Of Biliteracy, Language Assessment Company Launches Program To Increase Testing Access For Schools And Students

As More States Adopt the Seal Of Biliteracy, Language Assessment Company Launches Program To Increase Testing Access For Schools And Students For Immediate Release February 15, 2018 Contact: Katie Ward (603-689-8170) EUGENE, OR (February 15, 2018) – As the number of states and school districts adopting the “Seal of Biliteracy” has increased dramatically across the …

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Why Language Proficiency Matters

Why Language Proficiency Assessment Matters Learning another language is far different than being able to use another language in a real-world setting proficiently. Language Proficiency is the Goal Proficiency is a much-discussed and frequently used word in the language education field. Our company and others deliver “proficiency” assessments. But which proficiency is most important to assess? Is …

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How Does Avant Rate Speaking And Writing Responses?

Rating Written And Speaking Language Test Responses Who Rates The STAMP Tests? The human-rated responses in the Avant STAMP, PLACE, Arabic Proficiency Test(APT), and the Spanish Heritage Language tests are rated by Certified Avant Raters who are language educators/speakers who meet the following minimum requirements: LANGUAGE SKILL: Raters must maintain an advanced or higher level …

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Why Avant Now Recommends Avant STAMP 4Se Beginning With Grades 2 Students

Why Avant Recommends STAMP 4Se For Grades 2 And Above Avant STAMP 4Se was developed especially to assess the language proficiency of elementary students. Why The STAMP 4Se For Grade 2 Through 6 Language Learners Is Important In the past several years of administering Avant STAMP 4Se, we have gathered substantial data from language immersion …

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Why Heritage Language Learning Matters

Why Heritage Language Learning Matters The United States is a country of immigrants, but historically the second generation of these immigrants(heritage language learners) has lost their parents’ language – making our country poorer for it; economically, linguistically, and culturally. Why has this happened repeatedly throughout our history? One reason could be the pressures of acculturation …

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The Coding is Equivalent to World Language Myth – Should We Look In The Mirror?

The “Coding is Equivalent to World Language” Myth – Should We Look in the Mirror? Coding ≠ World Language Some state legislatures have proposed that students who learn to code should earn world language credits. Is learning to code equivalent to learning a world language? The very idea of this seems absurd to a language …

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Test Reliability And Validity

Why Test Reliability and Validity are Important “Test reliability” and “validity” are two of the most misunderstood terms in language testing. Both are very important in determining whether a particular test is appropriate in a given situation. Test Reliability Defined Simply stated, reliability means that if you give the same test to the same student …

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Fixed Form VS. Adaptive Test Design In Language Proficiency Testing

Fixed-Form vs. Adaptive Test Design For Language Proficiency Testing What Are The Differences Between Fixed-Form And Adaptive Test Design? There are two fundamental test designs in language proficiency assessment: Fixed-Form Testing and Adaptive Testing. In a fixed form test, every test taker receives the same items (aka questions) that are delivered on paper or computer. …

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What is Language Proficiency?

What Is Language Proficiency? What Language Proficiency Isn’t Proficiency is definitely NOT what I learned in my college Japanese courses.  What proficiency is a much-discussed word in the language field. But what proficiency are we assessing? Proficiency at conjugating verbs or reproducing dialogues memorized in the classroom? After all, someone who does these well is probably …

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