This post will continue to look at the information gathered in the Oral Language Survey. Teachers were asked how they assessed oral language in their classrooms. The most common response was through observation which was mentioned by 33% of participants.
- (33%) observation
- (17%) peer assessment
- (14%) self assessment, checklist, rubric
- (11%) speeches
- (8%) JOST (Junior Oral Language Screening Tool), anecdotal records
- (6%) Continuum, exemplars, ROL (record of oral language), NONE
- (3%) Six year net, ARBs, TKI, KLST2, NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement), external examiners, video, audio
It is interesting to note that only two oral language 'tests' were identified, JOST and ROL. The Six Year Net is a testing procedure all students go through on entering primary schooling. I am unsure of what KLST2 is (and would greatly appreciate it if someone could let me know in the comments if they are familiar with this term). The NCEA is the national testing for our secondary students.
It seems that the majority of teachers are relying on observation with a combination of self, peer assessment and checklists and rubrics to assess their student's oral language. Only 3% mentioned that they use audio or video. Podcasting or audio recording are great ways to gather data over time for oral language assessment, and with the rapid improvement in technology recording student voice is getting easier.
The shocking thing to me is that 6% of teachers said they didn't assess oral language at all.
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