Developing Assessments
For the Second Language Classroom

July 10–14, 2017

Donna Clementi

Effective classroom assessments support teaching and learning and are essential to helping students achieve higher levels of proficiency. Aligned with standards and benchmarks, they are at the core of curricular and instructional planning and engage students in meaningful activities that show what they know and can do.

After an overview of assessment fundamentals including selecting tools that match your purpose for assessment, the institute will explore a variety of topics: characteristics of performance, proficiency, and standards-based assessment; role of portfolios and self-assessment using can-do statements; and creation of rubrics and scoring guides. Participants will develop a standards-based performance assessment unit for their teaching context using Backward Design. The week will conclude with a focus on implications of standards-based performance assessment for higher levels of proficiency and articulation among levels of instruction.

Program Schedule (9am-4pm)

Day 1
  • Basic Assessment Concepts and Models
  • Performance and Proficiency Guidelines
  • National Standardized Assessments
Day 2
  • World-Readiness Standards for Learning
  • Designing Assessments that Reflect Standards- Based Instructional Goals
  • Integrated Standards-Based Performance
    Assessment Units: Backward Design
Day 3
  • Using Can-Do Statements to Guide Grammar and Vocabulary Support
  • Assessing Intercultural Communicative Competence
  • Formative Assessments for the Three Modes of Communication
Day 4
  • Developing Rating Rubrics and Scoring Guides
  • Portfolios, Student Self-Assessment and Goal-setting
  • Evaluating Student Work Samples
Day 5
  • Articulation K-16
  • The Seal of Biliteracy
  • Moving Towards Standards-Based Grading

This institute will help you:

CARLA Globe"The plethora of information and resources that Dr. Clementi has shared with us this week has been nothing short of AMAZING! Her wealth of knowledge is invaluable."
— Assessment Institute Participant


Donna Clementi is a well-known consultant and national speaker on curriculum and assessment development. With more than 30 years of teaching French grades K–12, she is currently a world language methods instructor at Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin.

Target Audience
: Late elementary to postsecondary foreign language teachers as well as teacher educators and preservice FL teachers. The institute is not intended for ESL or immersion teachers.


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