World Languages

World Languages Assessments

Published: 5/3/2018 2:35 PM
There are two types of assessment practices for World Languages: Those that measure proficiency and those that measure performance.


The practices that measure proficiency will assess the ability of the learner to use language in real world situations in a spontaneous interaction and non-rehearsed context and in a manner acceptable and appropriate to native speakers of the language. Some examples of proficiency assessments are:

  • OPIs (Oral Proficiency Interviews)

    • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)

    • Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview– Computer (OPIc) 

  • STAMP (Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency)


The practices that measure performance will assess the ability of the learner to use language that has been learned and practiced in an instructional setting. Some examples of performance assessments are:

  • AAPPL (ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages)

  • IPAs (Integrated Performance Assessments)


LinguaFolio® is a portfolio assessment instrument designed to support learners in setting and achieving their goals for learning languages. Kentucky's Standard for World Language Proficiency uses the LinguaFolio® Can Do statements for its Learner Benchmarks, Learning Indicators and Learning Targets.

The National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL) has a website dedicated to LinguaFolio, which contains training modules, Can Do charts aligned to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, background information and links to other resources and research.

​Alfonso De Torres Núñez
Office of Teaching and Learning
Division of Program Standards
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Frankfort, KY 40601
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