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ED Data Express is a Web site designed to improve the public's ability to access and explore high-value state-level education data collected by the U.S. Department of Education. The site is designed to be interactive and to present the data in a clear, easy-to-use manner, with options to download information into Excel or manipulate the data within the Web site. The site currently includes data from EDFacts, Consolidated State Performance Reports (CSPR), State Accountability Workbooks, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), the College Board, and the Department's Budget Service office.
Founded in 1924 to advance the scientific study of language, the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) is a professional society in the United States that is exclusively dedicated to the advancement of the scientific study of language. As such, the LSA plays a critical role in supporting and disseminating linguistic scholarship both to professional linguists and to the general public, as well as facilitating the application of current research to scientific, educational, and social issues concerning language.
Giessen International Graduate Center for the Study of Culture (GCSC) started its activities in January 2007. It builds on the infrastructures and innovative program developed within the framework of the Giessen Graduate School for the Humanities (GGK). The GGK was established in 2001 in order to overcome the shortcomings of doctoral training at German universities and establish a permanent infrastructure for doctoral studies following the example of international graduate schools. It has implemented training strategies such as a clearly structured postgraduate curriculum, independent graduate research groups, a multi-track supervision and mentoring program and a career service.
The UCLA Center for the Study of Evaluation (CSE) and, more recently, the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) strives to improve the quality of education and learning in America. CSE/CRESST contributes to the development of scientifically based evaluation and testing techniques, encourages the development, validation and use of sound data for improved accountability and decision making, and explores technological applications to improve assessment and evaluation practice. Today CSE/CRESST research and development serves government, military, and pre-K through college-level education and training.
Research SIG is a unique forum for discussion of issues connected with research into ELT, bringing together teachers, teacher-researchers and researchers from around the world. In this active community, members share their experiences of and findings from research, and network face-to-face at regular events, online via our discussion list, and in print through our twice-yearly publication, ELT Research.
The ICT Digital Literacy Portal is the "public face" of a fast growing international movement focused on promoting Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Digital Literacy. This website provides a global resource and collaborative environment for dissemination of ICT Literacy materials, interactive discussions, research information, and international dialogue. The ICT digital literacy resources are intended to build awareness, encourage debate, and promote the importance of digital literacy. They provide practical information for business, government, teachers, and educational leaders, and encourage communication by employing technology tools in the most collaborative sense. Digital literacy is becoming more integrated into all aspects of our daily lives – such as access to educational opportunities, health and medical services, banking and consumer services, e-government services, and for applying green ICT solutions to global environmental challenges.
ACTFL's Mission is to provide vision, leadership and support for quality teaching and learning of languages. It is the only national U.S.-based organization dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction throughout the U.S. ACTFL and its affiliated organizations represent the educators who are committed to building language proficiency from kindergarten students through adult learners. ACTFL provides advocacy, professional development opportunities, resources and opportunities for members to interact and share ideas and experiences.
Established in 2009, The Canadian Association of Language Assessment/L’association canadienne pour l’évaluation des langues (CALA/ACEL), is a professional and academic association dealing with language assessment issues (both English and French) in Canada. CALA/ACEL promotes research and scholarship in language assessment; promotes best practices in the field of language assessment; advises local, provincial and federal agencies on issues related to language assessment; disseminates knowledge about language assessment to all interested individuals and organizations (including educators); forms a platform of communication among researchers in the field of language assessment in Canada; provides quality control for sensitive, high stakes language assessment practices; ensures fairness in assessment practices in both official languages; and considers language assessment in both academic and occupational/professional settings.
The Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) is an association of institutions within Europe, each of which produces examinations and certification for language learners. Each member provides examinations of the language which is spoken as a mother tongue in their own country or region. With the breaking down of international barriers between European states and increasing opportunities for the members of the workforce to move from one country to another, the need for transferability of qualifications is clear. The principle objectives of ALTE are (1) to address issues of quality and fairness related to the examinations which the members provide; (2) to establish common standards for all stages of the language-testing process and to adhere to those standards: that is, for test development, task and item writing, test administration, marking and grading, reporting of test results, test analysis and reporting of findings; (3) to promote the transnational recognition of certification in Europe by reference to the common levels of proficiency established by ALTE members and the Common European Framework of Reference; (4) to engage in activities for the improvement of language testing and assessment in Europe through collaboration on joint projects and in the exchange of ideas, know-how and sharing of best practice, especially through the medium of special interest groups; (5) to provide training in language testing and assessment; (6) to raise awareness on issues related to language assessment; and (7) to provide leadership in the field of language assessment globally.
WestEd, a research, development, and service agency, works with education and other communities to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults.
The purpose of the Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand (ALTAANZ) is to promote best practices in language assessment in educational and professional settings in New Zealand and Australia, and to foster collaboration between academia, schools, and other agencies responsible for language testing or assessment. Its goals are related to three broad categories: training, research, and policy formation.
COERLL's mission is to produce and disseminate Open Educational Resources (OERs) for the Internet public (e.g., online language courses, reference grammars, assessment tools, corpora, etc.). The term OER refers to any educational material offered freely for anyone to use, typically involving some permission to re-mix, improve, and redistribute. Thus, COERLL seeks to promote a culture of collaboration that lies at the heart of the Open Education movement. In addition, COERLL aims to reframe foreign language education in terms of bilingualism and/or multilingualism. As such, all COERLL resources strive to represent more accurately language development and performance along dialectal and proficiency continua.
The Language Policy Research Network (LPREN) is an international organization of researchers, scholars, and stakeholders in the field of educational language policy. We host colloquia at conferences, invite publications related to the field, convene at events, and share resources, announcements, and other opportunities via the LPREN listserv.
The Foreign Language Teaching Forum is an integrated service for FL teachers, who want to encourage communication, share, and collaborate at all levels. The broad discussion topics include foreign language teaching methods for any level of instruction in all languages. Specific areas of discussion include school/college articulation, training of student teachers, classroom activities, curriculum, and syllabus design. Students in teacher training programs, teachers both new and experienced, administrators, and other professionals interested in any aspect of foreign language teaching are invited to participate in discussions.
AALA works to promote language assessment in Asia, using the following to guide their work: (1) to offer students and faculty in colleges and universities opportunities to understand and present current research and practice; (2) to offer professional staff in assessment agencies opportunities to understand and present current research and practice; (3) to conduct an annual conference and other events in the region to promote interaction and communication among students, faculty, and professionals; (4) to promote professional publications that advance theory and practice; and (5) to advocate for the ethical use of assessments and assessment use.
The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund that supports non-government organizations in the places Intrepid visits. They support projects working in the areas of health care, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development, and in environmental and wildlife protection.
The purpose of EALTA is to promote the understanding of theoretical principles of language testing and assessment, and the improvement and sharing of testing and assessment practices throughout Europe. EALTA is a professional association for language testers in Europe. EALTA’s interests are independent of those of any other organization, and was set up with financial support from the European community.
TESOL's mission is to develop and maintain professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages worldwide. TESOL values professionalism in language education, individual language rights accessible, high quality education, collaboration in a global community, the interaction of research and reflective practice for educational improvement, and respect for diversity and multiculturalism.
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The National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC) is a joint project of Georgetown University (GU), The George Washington University (GWU), and the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL). NCLRC is located in Washington, DC, and is one of fifteen nonprofit Language Resource Centers nationwide, created to improve and strengthen the nation's capacity to teach and learn foreign languages. Funding for the center comes from the U.S. Department of Education. Since its inception in 1990, the NCLRC has conducted activities in the areas of testing, learning strategies, materials development & methodology, technology, professional development, and dissemination of information on commonly and less commonly taught languages.