FLARE's language assessment frameworks are the template from which the language learning progressions were developed. Language learning progressions are framed by the four linguistic components: discourse complexity, language functions, language forms and conventions, and vocabulary usage. The language learning progressions are designed to support short term language learning goals. Accordingly, they have been written so that teachers can use them to set, target and evaluate their language learning goals. FLARE's language learning progressions are organized into two grade level clusters: middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12). They are structured into three tiers and by four content strands:
- English language arts
- Social studies
The assessment toolbox is a series of tests and teacher-friendly assessment materials that teachers can use to monitor their students' progress as they gain literacy in academic English. The materials in the assessment toolbox are designed to be used frequently and serve as both assessment tools and templates for teachers to use in creating their own assessments.
Student self-assessments give students the opportunity to evaluate their own and their peers' language learning progress. Research suggests that when students are expected to evaluate themselves and when they view their input in the learning progress as meaningful, their self-assessment can be very helpful, if not integral, to their learning (Brown & Hirschfeld, 2007; Heritage, 2007). Self-assessments appropriate to students' linguistic, cognitive development and age guides their reflection on their progress toward specified language learning progressions and the degree of effort and motivation they are applying to meet those targets.
The benchmark tests are not yet funded, but will be common across grades within grade-level clusters (i.e., grades 6-8 and 9-12) and within proficiency-level bands. Benchmarks tests will be designed to assess academic language proficiency at targeted proficiency levels, administered under standard conditions. The Benchmark tests will have set scoring protocols and reporting mechanisms and proven technical qualities.