STAMP WS Transition

WorldSpeak is transitioning into the STAMP family!

In order to provide better functionality and features, we will be transitioning all our WorldSpeak (now STAMP WS) assessments to the STAMP platform on October 7, 2021 during our regularly scheduled maintenance period. 
 
There will be some changes for everyone who has tested on the WorldSpeak platform. We will provide support to ensure a smooth transition. Any WorldSpeak (now STAMP WS) tests started before October 7, 2021 need to be completed before October 7, 2021. Tests not completed by this date will need to be re-started on the STAMP platform. Additionally, all test results will need to be downloaded before January 29, 2022. 
Why is the transition happening?

By transitioning our STAMP WS assessments to the STAMP platform we will be able to provide additional functionality such as:

District-Level Reports

District-level reports will include the WS results in addition to STAMP results.

Handwritten Response Option

A handwritten writing response option for STAMP WS languages will be available later this fall.

New Two-Skill Option

All of Avant’s STAMP tests will be available in a two-skill, Writing and Speaking, format. See the language list below for those already available. Others will be available later this fall.

Lower Pricing for Educators

New lower pricing for educators at just $22.90 per test for orders of 5 to 99 tests - making proficiency testing even more accessible. 
Information & Ordering

Integrate with Clever

Make class test setup easy with Avant’s Clever integration for K-12 schools.

New Languages!

Hawaiian ('Ōlelo Hawai'i), Kannada, and Zomi have been added.

Credit by Exam and Seals of Biliteracy

An increasing number of districts are using Avant STAMP WS to qualify their students for Credit by Exam and State and Global Seals of Biliteracy. Check with your State organization for testing qualifications.

Languages

GRADES 7-ADULT

Amharic
Armenian
Chin (Hakha)
Chuukese
Czech
English
Filipino (Tagalog)
French
Haitian Creole
Hawaiian (‘Ōlelo Hawai’i)
Hmong
Ilocano
Kannada
Korean
Marathi
Marshallese
Samoan
Somali Maay Maay
Somali Maxaa
Spanish
Tamil
Telugu
Turkish
Urdu
Vietnamese
Yup’ik
Zomi

Avant STAMP WS Sample Test


A 2-SKILL LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TEST

GRADES 7-ADULT

In these sample tests you will experience how the assessment flows and the types of questions that you will receive, but you will not receive a score at the end.

New Experience for Testing Coordinators

STAMP WS REPORT
The STAMP WS Report helps Testing Coordinators to access test takers’ results, monitor testing progress,
and determine when rating is complete.

Summary Field will show testing group averages and distribution of test takers across levels. See additional details for these sections below.

The Test Instances list shows test login/profile information as well as results and status information for each test taker. These lists will start to show test takers and data as soon as the test taker creates a new test and completes the profile screen.

Not Ratable (NR) - Rater is not able to rate any of the responses in the section. Possible reasons for “Not Ratable” Writing or Speaking responses include:

  • Non-testing language - The response is not in the language being tested
  • Off-topic - The response does not relate to the prompt topic
  • Violent/Profane - The response includes violent or inappropriate language
  • No speaking – A Speaking response was submitted, but has only background noise or is not understandable

Section In Progress (IP) - The test taker has started, but not completed, this section of the test. For the Writing and Speaking sections, click the IP to see how many responses have been submitted.

Self-Evaluation (SE) - Self-Evaluation scores for Reading and Listening sections are preceded with SE to designate the score is achieved through a self-evaluation.

Section Not Started (NS) - The test taker has not started this section of the test. If all sections are marked NS the test taker has completed only the Profile.

Individual Reports - Click on the report icon to access the Individual Report for a specific test taker.

Scoring in Progress (SP) - This section of the test is complete, but grading is not complete for one or more responses. You can click the SP in a report to see how many responses have been graded.

The column headers are interactive and can be clicked to sort the data in the list.

The Date Filter defaults to showing test results from the last 6 months. To select a different date type the date or click on the calendar. Then, click APPLY. There are also presets that can be selected to show the Last 3 Months, Last 6 Months, and Last Year of testing. The Date Filter can also be modified to search by Start Date or by Recent Activity.

To create reports for multiple or all test takers on the list check the box to the left of the test takers for which you wish to generate reports. Then click on the Printer icon, then click on Individual Reports and choose All or Selected. For best results, wait until all testing and grading is complete.

The Test Taker Data download feature creates an Excel (.csv) file that includes test taker results along with the profile information and other test-taking data. From the spreadsheet you can create a customized report, including only the fields you want, and sort it as needed.

Dates and Times - All times will display in your local time, based on your computer's clock. The Length column displays the total time elapsed between every completed skill’s start and finish time.

Composite Scores are available when Writing and Speaking test sections have been completed and scored. Composite score represents the test taker’s Writing and Speaking scores added together and divided by two. Self-evaluated Reading and Listening scores are not included in Composite score calculation.

Reading and Listening will have Self-Evaluation Levels up to Level 7. Scoring for Writing and Speaking is done using Benchmark Levels 1-8. The levels are associated with the benchmark categories of Novice, Intermediate and Advanced as shown in the Level Keys above.

Reading and Listening graphs will have no results.

Reading and Listening graphs will have no results.

Composite scores are calculated from Writing and Speaking sections.

TESTING GROUP AVERAGES

The number in the graph for Writing and Speaking represents all test taker scores divided by the number of test takers with a score for the specific skill. The number in the graph for the Composite Score represents all test takers’ Composite Scores added together and divided by the total number of test takers in this testing group. Self-Evaluated scores for Reading and Listening are not included in this graphs.

 DISTRIBUTION OF TEST TAKERS ACROSS LEVELS
The bar graphs show what percentage of test takers are scoring at each specific level for Writing and Speaking. Reading and Listening graphs will have no data.

Reading and Listening graphs will have no results but, will still have a placeholder.

Reading and Listening graphs will have no results but, will still have a placeholder.

New Experience for Test Takers

After Test Takers enter a Login Name and logs in, the Test Taker Profile screen will appear where Test Takers will need to enter First Name, Last Name and Test Taker ID.

Please note that Test Taker ID is different from Login Name. However, Test Takers can use the same combination for both Login Name and Test Taker ID. Some institutions have the Test Takers enter their student ID for one and their school issued email address for the other for data tracking purposes.

TEST TAKER PROFILE

  • All Test Takers will be required to create a profile. First Name, Last Name, and Test Taker ID are required. Other fields are optional.
  • Profile information is included in data download available for testing coordinators.

The Avant STAMP WS language proficiency test is a semi-adaptive test. Test takers will be asked to answer seven self-evaluation questions that best represent their skill/ability level in both the Reading and Listening sections. We use the self-evaluated reading score to determine the level of prompts we deliver for the writing prompts, and the self-evaluated listening score in the same way for the speaking prompts, thus making the productive sections more appropriately leveled for each test taker.

 UPDATED DASHBOARD VIEW
Like all STAMP tests, Test Takers will enter a Dashboard to begin testing.
  • Self-Evaluation Reading section has 7 questions that must be completed before the Writing Section.
  • Self-Evaluation Listening section has 7 questions that must be completed before the Speaking Section.
  • Writing and Speaking Sections will have 3 prompts each.

Self-Evaluation Reading section has 7 questions that must be completed before the Writing Section.

Writing Section has 3 prompts.

Self-Evaluation Listening section has 7 questions that must be completed before the Speaking Section.

Speaking Section has 3 prompts.

Instructions are written in English and in the testing language.

Self-Evaluation Reading Section has 7 questions. Test Takers should read each statement carefully and then choose the answer that best describes their ability with the skill.

Test Takers will have 7 self-evaluation questions to complete. They will use the "Next" button to move to the next question. Test Takers will not be able to go back to the previous question once they push the "Next" button.

SELF-EVALUATION READING SECTION

  • Self-Evaluation Reading Section has 7 questions. Test Takers should read each statement carefully and then choose the answer that best fits their ability with this skill.
  • Instructions and questions are provided in both English and the testing language.
  • Reading Section must be completed before Writing Section

SELF-EVALUATION LISTENING SECTION

  • Self-Evaluation Listening Section has 7 questions. Test Takers should read each statement carefully and then choose the answer that best describes their ability with this skill.
  • Instructions and questions are provided in both English and the testing language.
  • Listening Section must be completed before the Speaking Section.

Instructions are written in English and in the testing language.

Self-Evaluation Listening Section has 7 questions. Test Takers should read each statement carefully and then choose the answer that best describes their ability with this skill.

Test Takers will have 7 self-evaluation questions to complete. They will use the "Next" button to move to the next question. Test Takers will not be able to go back to the previous question once they push the "Next" button.

Test Takers can read the prompt in English or listen in the testing language.

Test Takers record a response using the "Begin Recording" button. After the response is recorded, Test Takers can listen to it, add to the recording using "+" button, or delete and record it again.

Test Takers will have 3 prompts to complete. They will use the "Next" button to move to the next prompt. Test Takers will not be able to go back to the previous prompt once they push the "Next" button.

SPEAKING SECTION

  • Speaking Section has 3 prompts.
  • Listening Section must be completed before Speaking Section
  • Test taker can read prompt instructions in English or listen to them in the testing language.

WRITING SECTION

  • Writing Section has 3 prompts.
  • Reading Section must be completed before the Writing Section.
  • Test Takers can read the prompt’s instructions in English or listen to them in the testing language.

Test Takers can read the prompt in English or listen in the testing language.

Test Takers will write a response in the answer box.

Test Takers will have 3 prompts to complete. They will use the "Next" button to move to the next prompt. Test Takers will not be able to go back to the previous prompt once they push the "Next" button.

FAQ

By transitioning our WorldSpeak (now STAMP WS) assessments to the STAMP platform we will be able to provide additional functionality such as:
  • District-level reports will include the WS results in addition to STAMP results.
  • A handwritten writing response option for WS languages will be available this fall.  
  • All of Avant’s four-skill tests will be available in a two-skill, Writing and Speaking format. See the language list above for those already available. Others will be available later this fall.
  • Integrate with Clever– Make class test setup easy with Avant’s Clever integration for K-12 schools.
In addition: 
  • We have announced new lower pricing for educators at just $22.90 per test for orders of 5 to 99 tests– making proficiency testing even more accessible. 
  • An increasing number of districts are using Avant STAMP WS to qualify their students for Credit by Exam and State and Global Seals of Biliteracy. Check with your State organization for testing qualifications.
  • New languages! Hawaiian (‘Ōlelo Hawai’i), Kannada, and Zomi have been added.
October 7, 2021: During our regularly scheduled maintenance period on this day, all tests will transition to the STAMP platform. Any WorldSpeak (now STAMP WS) tests started before October 7, 2021 need to be completed before October 7, 2021. Tests not completed by this date will need to be re-started on the STAMP platform. 
January 29, 2022: Results from the WorldSpeak platform must be downloaded before January 29, 2022. After January 29, 2022, access to the WorldSpeak platform will end and logins will no longer work on that site.  
Yes! Your current test results codes will work in the new platform to access results. Your login and password will stay the same. 
Yes! Your current test taker codes will work in the new platform. Test taker logins will stay the same. 
If the test was taken before October 7, 2021, the test results will be in the old WorldSpeak platform. If the test is taken after October 7, 2021, the results will appear in the STAMP platform. 
If a test was started, but not completed, prior to the October 7, 2021 transition date, the test will need to be re-started on the STAMP platform. The test taker will be able to use the same code for the new platform. 
Test Taker results from the WorldSpeak platform will remain on the WorldSpeak platform. All results must be downloaded before January 29, 2022. After January 29, 2022, access to the WorldSpeak platform will end and logins will no longer work on that site.
All of your WorldSpeak results must be downloaded before January 29, 2022 and saved for your own records.
To access results in the WorldSpeak platform, teachers or coordinators should add “-old” to the end of their existing test results codes. The password will stay the same. 
  1. Go to https://app.avantassessment.com/
  2. Enter the Test Results Code (add “-old” to the end of Test Results Code) and Password.
  3. Click the Login button.
  4. Click the link under the Accessing Test Results heading.
  5. From the Results Summary screen, click Download Excel File to create an Excel version of the summary test results. It is recommended that you edit/select the date range before downloading the results.
Updated September 2021
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