Test of Arabic Language Arts (TALA)

Available Fall 2016 



Our new TALA language assessments for native speakers of Arabic give you the power of reliable data at your fingertips.



You will now have the evidence required for real formative assessment and the verification to make informed decisions about program effectiveness, adopting new curricula, and targeting professional development needs.


Test Purpose

TALA provides a standards-based measure of the Arabic reading and writing proficiency of children who are mother-tongue speakers of Arabic. TALA test scores are appropriate for a variety of low-stakes purposes including monitoring of student progress, formative assessment, program effectiveness reviews, curriculum evaluation, and professional development planning.


Standards Aligned

As a twice-yearly benchmark assessment, the test provides an evaluation of both individual student progress and Arabic language arts program effectiveness as measured against the Arabic Language Standards of the World Language Initiative (WLI).


Test Format

Initially available for grades 3, 6, and 8, TALA is a computer-based assessment that includes a number of innovative assessment and technological features. It is administered via computer or tablet, using a standard web browser connecting to a secure, cloud-based delivery platform. It is computer adaptive, allowing for the delivery of individualized assessments that are targeted to each test taker’s ability level.

The Reading test is machine scored with results available immediately upon completion of the test. The Writing test is handwritten, and is scored by certified native speakers using Diglossia’s web-based distributed scoring network. Whether schools use their own teachers or Diglossia’s raters, all raters must complete the same rigorous training and certification process, and no rater ever rates his or her own students. Reports provide sub-scores for each standard assessed, as well as combined scores for both Reading and Writing.