West Ranch High School

Skip to main content
Main Menu Toggle
John Dichirico » Assessment Protocol

Assessment Protocol

Receptive Quizzes
Receptive assessments are timed quizzes that are completed in class. Students have the option to pick from one of four ranges [novice, intermediate, advanced, or superior]. Although the quiz is timed, students who get additional time will automatically have the time added into the system. Students who wish to have additional time may request it before or during the quiz but it may not always be granted. 
 
All quizzes have a time limit of 25 to 30 minutes. This number was determined after a year of students taking quizzes with no time limit, except the class period. The average student finished in 13 - 17 minutes and the last students finished between 20 - 30 minutes. 
 
It is important to note that even though each quiz focuses on the current chapter, students should expect vocabulary, topics, etc. from previous chapters to appear on future quizzes. Language builds on itself, you cannot forget the vocabulary, grammar, topics, etc. from previous chapters. You have no idea when it will appear in a conversation. 
 
Finally, quizzes are always logical. If there is a word that is fingerspelling and you write a word that does not make sense, most likely you are incorrect. Names should make sense, sometimes the names may not be common in the United States and therefore it can get tricky. Always ask yourself, does this make sense? If it does not, chances are you are not on the right track. 
 
Range: Novice
Students will be asked to identify 20 vocabulary signs from the chapter. The max score for this assessment is a 60%, even if the student correctly identified all 20 signs. The goal of World Language courses is to be able to use a language. You cannot effectively communicate if all you can do is identify singular signs. 
 
Range: Intermediate
Students will be asked to translate singular statements that focus on this chapter's topic and vocabulary. The max score for this assessment is 70%, even if all statements are translated perfectly. Since the goal is to be able to use the language, you cannot effectively communicate if you can only understand small statements. 
 
Range: Advanced
Students will be asked to translate or answer comprehension questions about a presentation. The max score for this assessment is 80%. At this point you are able to understand a lot of information but the presentation is not as complex as the average conversation. A students' skill is almost there but not quite. 
 
Range: Superior
Students will be asked to translate or answer comprehension questions about a presentation. The max score for this assessment is 100%. At this point the student is demonstrating that they are able to understand anything presented to them about the current topic or chapter, with signs from previous topics and chapters also included. 
Expressive Quizzes
Expressive assessments are either done during class or outside of class time. They can be due the day it is assigned or they can be due a few days later. Students have the option to pick from one of four ranges [novice, intermediate, advanced, or superior]. Since the due date is more flexible, students can request more time to complete the assessment as long as they do not need a partner. Some expressive assessments require students to have a conversation with a peer. These cannot be prolonged and are often completed during class. 
 
As we progress through the chapters, students prepare for the expressive assessment. Students will practice the vocabulary, topic, etc. through conversations, practice presentations, translation activities, etc. Therefore, when we reach the day of the assessment, it is expected for students to attempt the advanced or superior assessment. Students should not attempt the novice or intermediate assessment unless they have been absent for several class periods. 
 
Most expressive assessments will be a recorded video. If completed in class, students may use the Chromebook to record and upload their video. If the assessment is to be completed outside of class time, students can use their own personal device, cellphone, laptop, tablet, etc. If a student does not have a personal device to record themselves, they may borrow a Chromebook during lunch time. All students need to submit a video so there is a record of their assessment, students are not allowed to sign their assessment live. 
 
Range: Novice
Students will be asked to produce 10 vocabulary signs from the chapter. The max score for this assessment is a 60%, even if the student signed all 10 signs correct. The goal of World Language courses is to be able to use a language. You cannot effectively communicate if all you can do is produce singular signs. 
 
Range: Intermediate
Students will be asked to translate singular statements and then produce them. Each statement will focus on the current chapter and vocabulary. The max score for this assessment is 70%, even if all statements are translated perfectly. Since the goal is to be able to use the language, you cannot effectively communicate if you can only produce small statements that were planned for you. 
 
Range: Advanced
Students will be asked to present or have a conversation related to the current chapter or topic. The max score for this assessment is 80%. At this point you are able to produce the language by yourself but you are unable to produce everything expected and required to in the chapter. A students' skill is almost there but not quite. 
 
Range: Superior
Students will be asked to present or have a conversation related to the current chapter or topic. The max score for this assessment is 100%. At this point the student is demonstrating that they are able to produce anything expected and required of them for this current chapter. In addition, they can incorporate past chapters, topics, and vocabulary into the current chapter or topic.