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Beijing, China (Jan. 14, 2019) — ETS, the developer of the TOEFL® Family of Assessments, joined the National Education Examinations Authority (NEEA) of the Ministry of Education of P.R. China for a five-day academic workshop in Beijing to map TOEFL Junior® test scores to the proficiency levels of China’s Standards of English Language Ability (CSE). The mapping is a critical step to help Chinese test takers better understand the ETS English-language tests, as well as to promote research on foreign language ability standards and assessments in China.
A group of English-language educators from China participated in the academic workshop. The workshop was facilitated by ETS Managing Senior Research Scientist Spiros Papageorgiou and Lead Research Project Manager Ching-Ni Hsieh with support from NEEA staff and Chinese scholars involved in the development of the CSE. Miranda Wang, Country Manager of ETS’s China Office, also offered logistical support to the project.
This workshop is similar to one that was held in July 2018 to map the TOEFL iBT® test scores to the CSE levels. ETS and NEEA are now collecting empirical data for the second phase of the mapping study of TOEFL iBT test scores, and plan to complete the entire mapping project by late spring.
The TOEFL iBT and TOEFL Junior workshops were driven by a November 2017 Memorandum of Understanding between ETS and NEEA, which includes the linking of test scores of ETS-developed English-language tests, and the proficiency levels of the CSE. The ETS-NEEA collaboration aims to promote the international integration of China’s foreign-language assessment system. ETS and NEEA will take more actions in the future to enhance collaboration in this field.
About the TOEFL Junior® Tests
The TOEFL Junior® Tests are part of the TOEFL® Family of Assessments, which also includes the TOEFL iBT ® test, the TOEFL ITP® Assessment Series, and the TOEFL Primary® tests. Based on the long-standing and trusted heritage of the TOEFL tests, the TOEFL Junior tests use the most up-to-date methods for developing language tests and are fair, reliable and valid for their intended purposes. More information regarding the TOEFL Junior tests, including registration, study tips and sample questions, is available on the TOEFL Junior tests website at www.ets.org/toefl_junior/.
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