We assess our student’s Mandarin speaking and listening skills with the Student Oral Proficiency Assessment (SOPA) and the Early Language Listening Oral Proficiency Assessment (ELLOPA). To verify our results, we send videos of our older students to the Center for Applied Linguistics to verify the assessment to make sure we were accurately assessing proficiency.

The SOPA and The ELLOPA are the Standardized Oral Proficiency tests, developed by the Center for Applied Linguistics for young language learners in kindergarten through eighth grade.

They are designed to help language learners watch their progress in their individual foreign language learning process. The rating scale is based on the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) (1999).

The goal of both the SOPA and the ELLOPA is to allow students to show what they can do in the target language. The interviews consist of a series of tasks (SOPA) or games (ELLOPA) with varying levels of difficulty that elicit both academic and social language. The assessment activities follow the natural development of language skills, focusing first on listening comprehension and then on speaking. This sequence allows the students to experience immediate success in their responses (receptive skills being less demanding than productive skills), thus building their confidence. The students are encouraged to say as much as they can so that adequate speech samples may be obtained for accurate ratings.

Smarter Balanced

What is Smarter Balanced?
Oregon is part of a team of states working together voluntarily to develop K­12
assessments in English language arts/literacy and mathematics aligned to Oregon’s
Common Core State Standards. The tests are not timed so your child can take as long as he or she needs to fully demonstrate what he or she knows and can do.

How are Smarter Balanced tests different from our old tests?
Our students deserve better tests, ones that measure high­-level skills rather than the
ability to memorize facts or deduce answers from lists. More importantly, our students deserve tests
that give them the opportunity to show what they know and can do.

Smarter Balanced tests go above and beyond filling in multiple choice bubbles and
actually showcase students’ thoughts and explanations for how they solve problems.

Here’s how:

  • Aligned to more challenging standards, Smarter Balanced tests better measure what skills
    and knowledge our students need to be successful in the 21st Century.
  • Test questions come in many different forms, and allow students to interact with graphs
    and type in their own responses in addition to selecting answers from traditional multiple
    choice lists. Essay questions ask students to use evidence from multiple sources of texts to
    create their arguments and explain their reasoning.
  • Developed with experts to include tools and supports that address visual, auditory, and
    physical access barriers, Smarter Balanced tests are designed to meet the needs of all
    students. Learn more here.

Click HERE for more information about the Smarter Balanced Assessments


The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) are a set of procedures and measures for assessing the acquisition of early literacy skills from kindergarten through 3rd grade. They are designed to be short fluency measures used to regularly monitor the development of early literacy and early reading skills.

DIBELS are comprised of seven measures to function as indicators of phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, accuracy and fluency with connected text, reading comprehension, and vocabulary. DIBELS were designed for use in identifying children experiencing difficulty in acquisition of basic early literacy skills in order to provide support early and prevent the occurrence of later reading difficulties.