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Learner Growth Report FAQ

Learner Growth Report FAQ

What is the purpose of the Learner Growth Report?
How were the Rosetta Stone English Pre-test and English proficiency tests developed?
What does the scaled score represent?
What is a CEFR level?
Why does Rosetta Stone use a CEFR scale over other widely accepted scales such as ACTFL and ILR?
How often are learners tested?
Why did Rosetta Stone select 90- and 300-day intervals for the tests?
Can test intervals be adjusted?
What factors affect a learner’s performance or growth while learning a language?
What can I do if a learner's scaled scores are stagnant or declining?
Why has a learners' scaled score increased but not their CEFR level?
Is learner growth affected by a learners’ baseline proficiency?
Why don't I see all learners in my organization/group in the Learner Growth Report?
 
What is the purpose of the Learner Growth Report?

The Learner Growth Report allows you to compare the results from a learner's English Pre-test (a test that measures the baseline proficiency of the learner) to the results of his/her English proficiency tests (tests that measure proficiency, typically after 90 and 300 calendar days, unless otherwise specified in Administration Tools). 

Both tests use the same scoring methodology and branching. Both tests also show a learner’s CEFR level and scaled score to ensure that you can easily track your learners’ improvement/growth.

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How were the Rosetta Stone English Pre-test and English proficiency tests developed?

All Rosetta Stone tests are developed by language assessment experts following strict industry standards. Before any language assessment test is given to learners, we perform a validation study to:
  • evaluate the quality and appropriateness of each question.
  • determine if the test is measuring the intended skills.
  • ensure that questions are fair, unbiased and appropriately leveled.
The validation study is also used to develop a model to determine the score and CEFR level based on the learner's’ proficiency.  

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What does the scaled score represent?

A scaled score is a conversion of the total number of correct answers (raw score) to a consistent and standardized scale. The conversion takes into account the difficulty of the questions in each test version. This ensures that test scores are comparable across different versions of tests.

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What is a CEFR level?

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is an international standard for describing language ability. It is used around the world to describe learners' language skills. The CEFR defines six levels of language proficiency (from beginner to advanced: A1 and A2, B1 and B2, C1 and C2). It describes what language learners should be able to do in terms of listening, reading, spoken interaction, spoken production, and writing, using a series of ‘can do’ statements. The CEFR makes it possible to compare standards and assessments across languages, and provides a shared basis for recognizing language qualifications.

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Why does Rosetta Stone use a CEFR scale over other widely accepted scales such as ACTFL and ILR?

Although other valid and reliable language proficiency scales and standards have been widely used (e.g., ACTFL, ILR), the CEFR is more comprehensive and provides finer detail about gains made in foreign language ability at all levels.   

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How often are learners tested?

When learners start the Catalyst program, they will take a questionnaire which allows them to set their language learning goals. The questionnaire is followed by the English Pre-test, used to both establish a baseline proficiency and to decide product placement for each learner.

The second test learners take is an English proficiency test to assess their growth. They are prompted to take this test 90 calendar days after completing the questionnaire.

300 days after completing the questionnaire, learners will prompted to take a different version of the English proficiency test to assess their proficiency again.

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Why did Rosetta Stone select 90- and 300-day intervals for the tests?

We chose 90 and 300 days based on historical data evaluating the amount of learning time spent in our products. We found that learners spend more time learning languages in their first 90 days. We allow some extra time before we give them the second English proficiency test to ensure learners have enough time in the product to show growth.

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Can test intervals be adjusted?

Yes, administrators can adjust the test intervals in the Administration Tools product under Settings.

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What factors affect a learner’s performance or growth while learning a language?

Several factors can affect learner growth. If a learner does not spend enough time in the product, he/she will not show substantial progress. Learners need to be in the product on a regular basis to maintain learning growth. Another factor that can affect test results is a learner’s focus and/or physical and mental state while taking tests. We recommend a quiet setting free from distractions for the best results. 

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What can I do if a learner's scaled scores are stagnant or declining?

Encourage learners to spend time on a weekly basis in the product to avoid knowledge loss. If a learner is prompted to take a test and he/she doesn’t have much time in the product, they should skip the test and take it at a later time.

Several studies highlight the importance of having sufficient hours of instruction between assessments. For example, the National Reporting System for Adult Education (NRS) recommends 30-120 hours of study between pretesting and posttesting.1

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Why has a learners' scaled score increased but not their CEFR level?

There are a large range of points within each CEFR level, so it's possible (and quite common) for learners to increase their scaled scores and still have the same CEFR level. As learners progress in proficiency, their score will increase and they may advance to a higher CEFR level.

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Is learner growth affected by a learners’ baseline proficiency?

It is normal and expected for beginners to show faster progress than learners with an intermediate or advanced baseline proficiency, even when they spend the same amount of time in the product learning a language. This is because beginners have more room to grow.

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Why don't I see all learners in my organization/group in the Learner Growth Report?

In order to be included on the Learner Growth Report, a learner must complete the English Pre-test, an English proficiency test, or both tests. 

If an administrator chooses to use the override feature in Administration Tools and places a learner directly into a specific product or level, that learner will not take the English Pre-test and therefore will not have a baseline score. These learners will still be presented with English proficiency tests at the default times (90 and 300 days, unless otherwise specified in Administration Tools). 

If a learner chooses not to take the English proficiency tests, they will be reminded each time they log in to the product. Encourage all of your learners to take these test so that you can track their improvement.  

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1 National Reporting System for Adult Education Programs. (2011, January). State assessment policy guidance. Accessed July 22, 2016. http://www.nrsweb.org/.

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