Carousel Assessment Overview

(see Carousel Teacher's Guide page 32-33 for details)

End-of-Chapter Testing

Reading and Writing Chapter Pre-Tests and Post-Tests

Students are given a reading and writing pretest at the beginning of each chapter in Units 2-8 to measure their knowledge of the target vocabulary and concepts before instruction begins. The chapter pre-test enables teachers to pinpoint students' strengths and weaknesses and adjust their instructional plan accordingly. The pre-tests also give teachers baseline information so that they can measure the progress students make before and after the chapter instruction. At the end of each chapter, students take the reading and writing chapter post-test. The chapter pretest/post-test is located in the Resource Book.

Chapter Overviews & Evaluation Checklists

"Observing Student Progress" Sections

Portfolio Evaluation

Unit Evaluation


Assessment Purpose Test Type
Placement 1. Use a formal language proficiency test (e.g., state ELP test, IPT Oral Test)
2. Use a Carousel Tester placement test
3. Use a Carousel listening and speaking performance-based evaluation in conjunction with a chapter pre-test

(see Carousel Teacher's Guide page 28 for details)

Monitoring Progress "Observing Student Progress" Sections
  • Learning objectives for each lesson listed at the end of the lesson to remind teachers to stop and evaluate students' progress
  • Ask yourself, "Do students meet these key objectives?"
  • If students did not grasp a concept presented, review and reinforce
Formative Assessment Chapter Overviews & Evaluation Checklists
  • Found at the beginning of every chapter
  • Outlines the learning objectives for each lesson in the chapter: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing
  • Use these objectives to track each student's progress and to measure how well students are meeting the objectives
  • Available as reproducible blackline masters in the Resource Book

Portfolio Evaluation

  • Students create and compile a portfolio of work they complete for each chapter
  • Shows what students are doing well and areas that need attention
  • Serve as a body of evidence to demonstrate that content standards have been met
  • At the end of a chapter, students choose three pieces that demonstrate their best work
  • Evaluate students' portfolio using Assessment Form 2 found in the Resource Book
  • Portfolios are rated: Superior, Average, Below Average, and Fails to Meet Objectives

Unit Evaluation

  • At the end of each unit, evaluate each student's overall performance for that unit
  • Assess the following criteria:
    • Mastery of chapter objectives
    • Ability to work with others
    • Ability to work independently
    • Completion of assignments neatly, accurately, and on time
    • Listening & speaking performance evaluations
    • Reading & writing chapter tests
    • Portfolio evaluations
  • Use Assessment Form 3 found in the Resource Book
  • If student scores "superior" or "satisfactory" in all categories, move to the next unit. However, if the student scores "not satisfactory" in any category, provide additional instruction and practice to prepare him or her for the next unit

Language Progress Card

  • Monitor and track student progress
Summative Assessment End-of-Chapter Testing
  • Option 1: Use the formal end-of-chapter tests in the Carousel Testers (grades 2-5) or the Carousel Testers (grades K-1). The Carousel Tester Examiner's Manuals provide information about test administration, scoring rules, answer keys, implications for instruction, and other helpful information.
    • OR
  • Option 2: Use the informal end-of-chapter listening and speaking interview (outlined in the Teacher's Guide) and the reading and writing test in the Resource Book.

Listening and Speaking Performance-Based Assessment.

In this performance-based assessment, individual students and/or small groups are asked to perform various listening and speaking tasks that demonstrate understanding of the target vocabulary and concepts that were presented in the chapter. It is recommended that teachers evaluate each student's performance using Assessment Form 1 ("Listening and Speaking Evaluation Form"?), found in the Resource Book.