By Lenny C. Lepola firstname.lastname@example.org
March 12, 2014
Each year Big Walnut High School second, third and fourth level German language students join nearly 24,000 other students from across the nation when they take the National German Exam. The NGE, now in its 53rd year, provides individual diagnostic feedback, rewards students through an extensive prize program, and creates a sense of accomplishment.
Big Walnut High School German language teacher Frau Georgia Craig said the exam’s results provide a means of comparing students in all regions of the country; and are among the criteria used in selecting the recipients of chapter awards and the national AATG/PAD Study Trip Awards, a four-week study trip in Germany.
“Students who score in the 90th percentile or above are eligible to apply for a study and travel award and are designated as Gold Award Winners,” Frau Craig said. “Students who score in the 80th percentile and above are designated as Silver Award Winners.”
Frau Craig said this year she is especially excited to share the results of the new National German Examination for students in German II, German III Honors and Advanced Placement German.
“I have over 20 years of data and practice exams from the previous test format and this year the AATG (American Association of Teachers of German) test launched a new type of format,” Frau Crag said. “Instead of pencil and paper, the exam was administered on-line. As part of the test, students watched videos, listened to blogs, and interpreted authentic materials like menus and schedules.”
Frau Craig said the test included some traditional reading selections, and the AATG did provide one practice test for students to get accustomed to the format of the new assessment; and the AATG also provided detailed data which addresses student’s understanding in many test categories such as main idea, supporting details, tone, vocabulary, intended audience, inference and interdisciplinary content.
She also noted that German Club funds were used to purchase economical headphones to make certain that all students had them available in the computer labs.
* Twenty-six percent of the students tested will be awarded the Gold Award for scoring in the 90th percentile and above. They will also have the opportunity to apply for scholarships to study German overseas.
Gold Award Winners are Liesel Pendley, Marianne Byrne, Annika Hager, Grese Berisha, Michael Paselsky, Olaf Sharlike, Viktor Trainer, Volker Ford, Nicholas Bales, Monika Dunlap, Christof Moore, Basti Rines and Adele Drake.
*Twenty percent will earn the Silver Award for scoring in the 80th percentile and above.
Silver Award Winners are Petra Heller, Gottfried Iezzi, Nina Pecci, Sven Schnabel, Andreas Simpson, Natalie Erieau, Hubert Wandling, Andreas Crum, Christian Thompson and Katja Craig-Bowden.
* Twenty-two percent will earn the Bronze Award for scoring in the 70th percentile and above.
Bronze Award Winners are Sylvia Holley, Sven Ulery, Andreas Hopper, Domenik Bartlett, Rudolf Frisch, Jakob Evans, Paul Hale, Monika Rak, Mizzi Cagle, Rosa Ford and Edgar Homan.
“I have to admit I was a bit nervous this year due to the new format, especially with only one practice test available to students,” Frau Craig said. “Overall, I must say, the new test is a better indicator of student’s language skills and is more in line with state and national standards, as well as the indicators in our student learning objectives.”