So much emphasis and effort is placed upon flashy presentation and delivery, the adventure. Little thought is given to the data collected, or what I see as the treasure. If collected and stored properly, the data gathered by a test management system is a powerful tool that improves learning and outcomes across an organization. Whether you are trying to improve a student’s ability to speak a language, learn a discipline, or if you are trying to find the right employee for your team or certify a candidate's knowledge; the data is critical to your success. Your ability to look at the data collected over the long term is the key to quantitatively improve your outcomes and reach your goals.
This article describes the differences between proficiency testing and achievement testing especially as it relates to rubrics tied to the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Scale and SOPI-type assessments.
OWL version 4.0 provides users with an updated interface as well as many tools meant to help them easily navigate the software and build online tests with even greater efficiency.
Changing the way you look at the OWL Test Management System | You may think of OWL simply as testing software. And really, why shouldn’t you? After all ‘testing’ is right there in our name. But I want to share with you some of the other creative uses for OWL that just may change the way you view our Test Management System.
Anecdotal evidence supporting the case for testing as a studying tool has been around for years. However, the subject appears to be gaining momentum as a multitude of studies have been published showing a correlation between testing and learning. Some of these studies look at testing and learning in general and give strong evidence that students who practice retrieving information learn more efficiently than those students who employ elaborate study strategies like memorizing, chapter outlining, and concept diagramming.
Anchorage School District using OWL Testing Software for Oral Proficiency Workshops in Five Languages
With version 3.8, we have added enhanced file exchange and online security capabilities to help our users who create and administer online testing. OWL's new parsing report gives more advanced test creators one place to see all the system elements on their test.
OWL version 3.7 offers new features, like our new Translation Item, that can expand your language testing capabilities. And now, with OWL's Automatic Notifications and Student Self-Registration, you can have even more ways to communicate with your students.
Ten years ago, the co-founders of OWL Testing Software knew that they were looking at a proposition that could change the face language learning. The small Pittsburgh-based software firm was approached by the world languages coordinator at the largest metropolitan public school district in southwestern Pennsylvania with a request to create a new kind of computer-based assessment tool. They were looking to accomplish more than simply turning their well-worn standardized tests into a computerize document -- simply replacing the pencil with a mouse click.
Columbia University is now using OWL Testing Software for ESL English Speaking Proficiency Assessments of Incoming Doctoral Students