Three Rubrics for Assessing Language
Expressive Language can be assessed using the Structured Oral-Language Observation (SOLO) from the Success for All Foundation's Reading Roots 4th Edition. During a unit spanning 4 stories, students learn specific vocabulary words. To measure expressive vocabulary, the student is shown pictures and asked questions about each one with the goal of providing the opportunity for the student to produce a specific vocabulary word.
Typically the assessment is given one-on-one but due to virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, the assessment was given using Seesaw. The student page was shown and the teacher recorded each phrase. Students utilized a microphone or video to capture their responses.
Academic Language, Recall of Information, and Communicates Ideas
All three of these areas can be assessed using the New Tech Network's Interpersonal Communication Rubric. This rubric focuses on the listening and speaking skills exhibited by individual students in a wide variety of informal conversations (e.g. student and teacher, student and student).
For my research, I converted the rubric into a 4 point scoring guide to assess use of academic language as well as recall of facts or key details. Here's a sample of my scoring guide. Using the features of Seesaw, students listened to a prompt and their oral responses were recorded using the microphone or video features.
The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC), provides training tests to help test administrators and students get used to the assessment style. I utilized the 2019 Training Test's Speaking sections to measure sentence complexity about informational or fictional texts.
"Summarize an Academic Presentation" is on pages 29 thru 31
"Retell a Narrative" is on pages 26 thru 27
Both score using a 4 point rubric.
I created similar prompts using an informal text from our curriculum about birds and their beaks for one data cycle. And for the second data cycle, the narrative text was about mud puddles and rain, so I used the narrative rubric as a guide.