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The ELT Society is pleased to announce the start of monthly Assessment Literacy Development Webinars for members. These professional development webinars offer a unique opportunity for members to develop their assessment competence. Increased assessment literacy, and knowledge about best testing practices and principles, is a worthy professional goal for individuals, teachers, testers, administrators, and all other interested stakeholders. It leads to stronger and better programs, departments, institutions, and companies.

  • Webinars are scheduled for the last Wednesday each month.​
  • Hosted monthly on Zoom, in one-hour sessions
  • There will be two sessions per topic, at different times allowing for maximum participation among international members.
  • Monthly webinars will focus on specific topic areas, based on a key reading, made available to members beforehand (see topics below). Topics generally cover both proficiency testing and classroom testing.
  • Interactive and discussion-oriented, webinars will focus on challenges, choices and best practices.
  • Members register for webinars first, and then are provided with a Zoom link and access to any related materials (e.g. topic readings).
  • Professional development certificates issued to regular attendees.

What is assessment literacy?

Assessment literacy is the possession of knowledge about the basic principles of sound assessment practice, including its terminology, the development and use of assessment methodologies and techniques, and familiarity with standards of quality in assessment. (Source: New Zealand Ministry of Education)

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Dr. White has been involved in assessment literacy promotion and development, through publications, presentations, training, and course work since 2009. While specializing in classroom assessment, he has also been involved in proficiency test development,  administration and consulting since joining the University of Arizona in 2011.

upcoming schedule

Topics Dates (Wed.) Times (Arizona)
Testing Writing (Productive Skills 2) Aug. 26 5:00-6:00 am, 1:00-2:00 pm
Rubrics Sept. 30 5:00-6:00 am, 1:00-2:00 pm

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