ILR Testing Committee High Stakes FL Testing in the Federal Government- ECOLT - Washington, D.C. October 28, 2005

 

Themes

  • Testing Applicants
  • Career Development
  • Incentive Pay
  • Language Training Assessment
  • Language Transformation in the DoD

Federal Bureau of Investigation

The Stakeholders

  • Applicants
  • The FBI
  • The Intelligence Community

Contract Linguist Test Battery

  • Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT)- Reading (Level 3) ┬áDefense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT)- Listening (Level 3) ┬áVerbatim Translation Exam (VTE) (Level 4)
  • Speaking Proficiency Test (SPT)-Foreign Language (Level 5)
  • Speaking Proficiency Test (SPT)-English (Level 5)

DLPT

  • Validated by Defense Language Institute
  • Security procedures for administration
  • Tester administration training
  • Multiple-choice scoring

VTE

  • Content validity
  • Validation process
  • Security procedures for administration
  • Rating procedures
  • Rater training
  • Interrater reliability
  • Quality control

 

SPT

  • Concurrent validity with the OPI
  • Examinee location/identity
  • Rating/certification procedures
  • Rater training workshops/refresher workshops
  • Interrater reliability
  • Quality control

Career Development at the State Department

  • Readiness Reserve
  • Employee Profile

Career Development at the State Department

Language skills are used for:

  • Recruitment
  • Retention
  • Language Incentive Pay
  • Promotion to Senior Service

Career Development at the State Department

Promotion to Senior Service entails:

  • Operational effectiveness
  • Leadership and management
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