Monday, July 02, 2007

How are NZ teachers assessing Oral Language?

Picture_4.pngThis 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.

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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Rachel Boyd said...

Jane, I am surprised that the exemplars were not more popular to use to assist assessment (even if as a basis).

Just a quick question, were teachers allowed to pick/list several options for this part of the survey?

* Rachel

PS I bet you wish you could "follow up" with the teachers that said they did NO assessment!

Jane Nicholls said...

Hi Rachel
In this section of the survey teachers were asked list what assessment tools they used. I left it as broad as possible to elicit as many divergent answers as possible. I wasn't really surprised at the result as I haven't come across that many assessment tools in my time in NZ. Teachers are doing a great job with observation and I was as surprised as you about the amount of people not using the Exemplars or the Oral Language Matrix.

Shawna Marie said...

The KLST2 or Kindergarten Language Screening Test - Second ed. is ment to identify children with language disorders. It lets the tester assess the child through many tasks and lets the examiner know if the child needs further testing.

It is an easy test to learn and an easy test to give. It also shows you what skills a kindergartener knows and needs to know

Jane Nicholls said...

Hi Shawna
Thank you so much for your comment. Google had (for the first time) let me down in my search to find out what this acronym stood for.