This fall, Avant will launch Avant ADVANCE, an online teacher-training system. ADVANCE helps teachers correctly assess student responses from novice to advanced on the ACTFL proficiency scale more efficiently, more accurately, and with greater confidence than traditional face-to-face training programs.
Avant ADVANCE is a combined software and online training system based on the existing system that has been developed and improved over the last twelve years to train, certify, and manage its raters for its STAMP assessments.
Teachers who develop a deep understanding of the proficiency standards use proficiency pedagogy more effectively and generate better learning outcomes than those who do not acquire that understanding. With ADVANCE, teachers can acquire the necessary understanding to rate student responses anytime and anywhere for a fraction of the cost of face-to-face training workshops.
In spring 2018, Avant will be adding nine new language assessments based on feedback from teachers in the field:
STAMP 4Se for Arabic (grades 2–6), STAMP 4S for Korean (grades 7–adult), STAMP 4S for Polish (grades 7–adult), STAMP 4S for Turkish (grades 7–adult), WorldSpeak for Ilocano, WorldSpeak for Haitian-Creole, WorldSpeak for Portuguese, WorldSpeak for Armenian, and WorldSpeak for Samoan.