Discussing 3rd Party Assessment at CATESOL Conference

An English language assessment test can do more than help institutions evaluate students. Colleges, high schools, and English language programs use iTEP to evaluate themselves and improve upon their weaknesses.

This was the topic of a featured presentation last weekend by iTEP Academic Director Lee Rabideau at the California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages ( CATESOL) Annual Conference in San Diego. “iTEP exams are accepted for admissions by more than 100 California schools,” says Rabideau, “so it was wonderful to have the chance to speak with educators from all over the state and introduce them to our pilot programs.”

By having a sampling of students take an iTEP exam, institutions can calibrate their placement practices and detect strengths and weaknesses, both in their curriculum, as well as among their teachers. iTEP’s detailed score report, which displays sub-skill scores within each of the test’s sections (reading, listening, grammar, writing, and speaking), enables educators to see how their students compare on specific skills.  It can also help measure progress, set expectations, and more.

“Many of the teachers and administrators I met at the CATESOL Annual Conference were very excited about the chance to take a step back and look at their methods, teachers,curriculum, and of course, students, through an objective lens,” says Lee, who can be reached at lrabideau@iteponline.com.