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NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements

Performance Indicators for Language Learners

The NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements represent the culmination of a collaborative effort between the National Council of State Supervisors (NCSSFL) and ACTFL, to connect NCSSFL's LinguaFolio® with ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. The combination of these two documents into a single, cohesive set of statements makes clear how the performance that language learners demonstrate into the familiar context of the instructional setting points toward a targeted proficiency level.

The Can-Do Statements help learners identify what they need to do to function at a specific level of proficiency. The statements also help educators plan curriculum, units of instruction, and daily lessons to help learners improve their performance and reach a targeted level of proficiency. Through multiple opportunities to show that they "can do" in classroom formative and summative assessment, unit by unit, learners collect the evidence that points toward a specific proficiency level. The proof that a learner has reached a proficiency level can only occur through an independent assessment of proficiency such as the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview or Writing Proficiency Test; however, the Can-Do Statements provide a tool for learners to chart their progress and for educators to organize and support the learning.

Thank you for your interest in the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements. The Can-Do 2.0 Writing Team has been working since September 2016 on revisions to the original document, with the goal of providing a framework to more clearly identify the broad differences across the major ranges of Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Superior, and Distinguished, as well as from sub-level to sub-level (Low – Mid – High). The period for comments and feedback was open through May 30, 2017. The writing team is making final revisions and plans to release the revised Can-Do Statements in August 2017. Any comments about the draft documents or the process may be sent directly via email to Trey Calvin (

View the full NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements document (PDF).

View the NCSSFL-ACTFL Global Can-Do Benchmarks.

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