ACTFL and Language Testing International (LTI), the exclusive licensee of ACTFL assessments, will release the ACTFL Latin Interpretive Reading Assessment (ALIRA) on October 16 with updated content for the 2023-24 academic year. ALIRA is a proficiency- and performance-based assessment and uses a wide variety of texts, including shorter and longer texts from ancient Rome, authentic historical documents, and modern texts similar to those used in today's classical studies classrooms.
Earlier this year, the ALIRA, through LTI, became third-party certified for compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), strengthening our commitment to safeguard learners’ personal identifiable information (PII).
ALIRA provides a performance rating that aligns with benchmark points along the continuum towards proficiency. Within the Novice level, there are four such points (represented as N-1 through N-4), within the Intermediate ranges there are five points (I-1 through I-5), and there is one point within the Advanced range (A-1). The score reports provide an explanation of each score, as well as level-specific strategies for improvement.
ALIRA was created through a collaborative effort between The American Classical League (ACL) and ACTFL. It is a first-of-its kind assessment that is based on both the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages and the Standards for Classical Language Learning. It is a multiple choice, computer-adaptive assessment that can be delivered during a single class period of fifty minutes.