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Create a Standards-Based Integrated Performance Assessment Unit Step-by-Step


American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

ACTFL Guide for Professional Language Educators:  The Keys to Assessing Language Performance (2010) by Paul Sandrock

ACTFL Guide for Professional Language Educators:  The Keys to Planning for Learning (2013) by Donna Clementi and Laura Terrill

ACTFL Implementing Integrated Performance Assessment (2013)
by Bonnie Adair-Hauck, Eileen W. Glisan, Francis J. Troyan

ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners (2012)

ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines (2012)

ACTFL World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages (2015)

NCSSFL-ACTFL Global Can-Do Benchmarks (2013)

Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (1999)
This document includes sample progress indicators and learning scenarios applying the standards to specific languages (Chinese, Classical Languages, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish). Download an order form or order online.


Abraham, L. B., & Williams, L. (2009). The discussion forum as a component of a Technology-enhanced Integrated Performance Assessment. Electronic Discourse in Language Learning and Language Teaching, 25, 319.

Adair-Hauck, B, Glisan, E., Koda, K., Swender, E., Sandrock, P. (2006).  The integrated performance assessment (IPA): Connecting assessment to instruction and learning.  Foreign Language Annals.

Adair-Hauck, B., & Troyan, F.J. (2013).  A descriptive and co-constructive approach to Integrated Performance Assessment feedback.  Foreign Language Annals, 46.

Davin, K., Troyan, F.J., Donato, R. and Hellman, A. (2011).  Research on the Integrated Performance Assessment in an Early Foreign Language Learning Program.  Foreign Language Annals, 44:  605 – 625.

Glisan, E. W., Uribe, D., & Adair-Hauck, B. (2007). Research on integrated performance assessment at the post-secondary level: Student performance across the modes of communication. Canadian Modern Language Review/La Revue canadienne des langues vivantes, 64(1), 39-67.

McTighe, J., & Wiggins, G. (2013).  Essential questions:  opening doors to student understanding. Alexandria: ASCD.

Sandrock, P. (2002).  Planning curriculum for learning world languages.  Madison, WI:  Department of Public Instruction. 

Shrum, J. & Glisan, E. (2010) Teacher’s handbook:  Contextualized language instruction.  Boston:  Heinle Cengage Learning.

Troyan, F.J. (2008).  Being authentic:  Assessing standards-based tasks in a content-based curriculum.  The Language Educator.  3(4), 52 -54.

Troyan, F. J. (2012). Standards for Foreign Language Learning: Defining the Constructs and Researching Learner Outcomes. Foreign Language Annals, 45(s1), s118-s140.

Wiggins, G.  (2011).  The understanding by design guide to creating high-quality units.  Alexandria: ASCD.

Wiggins, G. & McTighe, J. (2005). Understanding by Design:  Expanded 2nd Edition. Alexandria: ASCD.


Online Resources

Content-Based Learning Through Technology (CoBaLTT). The CoBaLTT Project's World Wide Web resource center includes an instructional module with activities for learning about and applying the National Standards to teaching and assessment.

Thematically Organized Assessments (TOAs) .Performance-based assessment tasks that target a specific proficiency level and assess the learner’s ability to communicate across the modes of communication: interpretive (listening or reading); interpersonal (speaking/listening or reading/writing); and presentational (speaking or writing). The assessment tasks are the product of the Consortium for Assessing Performance Standards (CAPS), four school districts in New Jersey, and were developed aspart of a FLAP grant for use by teachers.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website offers the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for Foreign Languages. This document is (available in PDF format or for purchase) includes performance standards, performance guidelines, sample tasks, and samples of student work at four levels: beginning, developing, transitioning, and refining. Wisconsin's language standards are aligned with the National Standards. Planning Curriculum for Learning World Languages is also available for purchase.



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