What is the NSA?

What is the purpose of the National Spanish Assessments?

The purpose of the National Spanish Assessments is

  1. To promote proficiency in interpretive, presentational and interpersonal communication
  2. To assess the national standards as they pertain to learning Spanish
  3. To measure student growth during the learning process
  4. To provide several options for testing different skills

 In addition:

  • Many teachers state that they use the National Spanish Assessments to prepare students to take other standardized tests such as AP, IB, SAT II and college placement exams.
  • Many administrators state that they can use data from the National Spanish Assessment to create reports to show how their schools have improved over an academic year.

What is the mission of the National Spanish Assessments?

The mission of the National Spanish Assessments (NSA) is to promote language proficiency and to recognize student achievement in the study of Spanish.

 

The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) is committed to providing teachers with assessment tools and offering students opportunities to know their proficiency ratings in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

What are the National Spanish Assessments?

What are the National Spanish Assessments?

 

The National Spanish Assessments (NSA) are online, standardized assessment tools which test both achievement and proficiency via computer-graded and rater-graded modules for students studying the Spanish language and are administered by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP). 

 

The NSA are written from the same specifications and standards as the National Spanish Examinations (NSE) and like the NSE, the NSA are valid and reliable assessments.

Teachers do not need to register students for specific levels. Any students registered will have access to all six levels that include all modules of the exam. Determining the appropriate assessment module to administer should be decided by the teacher and the student. Students may take multiple levels if desired.

 

CONTENT:

The National Spanish Assessments are comprised of modules.

  • Each module can be administered separately. 
  • Teachers may administer only the modules which they choose.
  • Modules 1 through 4 can be administered twice and at different points in the year to show growth.
  • Modules 1 through 4 take approximately 20 minutes each to complete.

 

Computer-graded modules

Module 1: Interpretive Communication – Reading Comprehension

Module 2: Interpretive Communication – Listening Comprehension

Module 3: Vocabulary

Module 4: Grammar

 

Rater-graded modules

Module 5: Interpersonal and Presentational Communication – Writing

(currently under development)

Module 6: Interpersonal and Presentational Communication – Speaking

(currently under development)