September 9, 2012

A little note, this post shows the beginning of my journey to find a way to measure interpretive. As of 2016, I have found that an IPA type of assessment is the best measure of their skills and it’s more real world. – What can you DO with the information? Then their output can be measured with the rubric. Read this post to see where I am now.

What a great 3 weeks of learning! My level one students are flying through the “Nice to meet you” unit. Since they are new language learners, they understand SO much more than they can produce. I ended the unit with a simple Reading Assessment. They were so engaged while taking it, excited when they finished, and no one tried to cheat!

At this point in the year, the expectation is that they can understand words and a few simple phrases, may not understand the main idea. I used readings that are authentic (PeopleenEspanol, Facebook, Twitter, flyers) and simple. I included a few paragraphs to see if anyone could do more. I emailed a Keynote to them on the iPads. It helped to have it in color so they can see the images better.

Here is a sample of an average student’s answer sheet and rubric. I will use this sheet for each Interpretive assessment. I graded it by writing the level (NL = Novice Low, NM = Novice Mid) next to each answer. I need to better explain to them that they need to write down the main idea or what the reading is about if they can like she did in #2.

This rubric is my first attempt at an Interpretive rubric. I will improve it as I go. I decided the main idea and details should not be tied to the proficiency level.

My main professional goal for the year is to have an Interpretive Reading or Listening assessment for each unit. This is not perfect, but a great start! Here’s my newest version:

Adapted from JCPS WL Dept.

How do you assess their reading skills?