Measuring Student Progress

All Russian Flagship institutions conduct systematic testing and tracking of language development of Russian Flagship participants as they complete the new sequence of courses and activities in the curriculum.  Flagship institutions administer online Russian proficiency tests (or sections of the test) at different times throughout the duration of the program, including the American Councils online exam (reading and listening) during the Spring.  American Councils assesses language proficiency at the beginning and end of students' capstone overseas study through its online exam and through Oral Proficiency Interviews (OPI) conducted by Language Testing International (LTI). Data from these tests allow The Language Flagship to track students' progress and identify areas of their strengths and weaknesses in Russian proficiency. Data from these tests inform ongoing program and course design.