NWCA Performs at Lan Su Chinese Garden’s Chinese New Year Celebration

猪年大吉!zhū nián dàjí! 

Happy Year of the Pig!

Tuesday was 元宵节 (yuánxiāo jié), known in English as the Lunar Festival, signaling the end of Chinese New Year.  However, Before the New Year festivities wrapped up, our NWCA students had the chance to perform as part of the Lan Su Chinese Garden’s Chinese New Year celebration!

Our preschool, pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten classes performed together, singing the songs “New Year Gives Me Another Year”( 新年送给我们一岁),  the popular Chinese song “Meow Meow Meow like a cat” (你不说爱我我就喵喵喵) and a Mandarin rendition of “When We are Together”

In addition to the songs sung by our young students, our fourth and fifth grade students graced attendees with a dance medley consisting of the traditional dances for several of China’s Ethnic minorities (少数民族), of which China has more than 50! Thank you to NWCA parent Jingzi Zhao for these amazing photos of the performances!

NWCA 2016-2017 Test Results

Chinese Proficiency Testing: 

STAMP 4Se is a national exam we use to impartially evaluate our students against a larger cohort of Chinese immersion students. Students are tested from 2nd to 5th grade.

This test allows us to rate students’ language proficiency against the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

These charts show NWCA class average scores compared against the national average for the STAMP 4Se Assessment test (Mandarin).



STAMP Scale numbers 1-6 represent the following levels which can be mapped
to the ACTFL Standards:

1 = Novice-Low,  2 = Novice-Mid,  3 = Novice-High,  4 = Intermediate- Low,
5 = Intermediate-Mid,  6 = Intermediate-High

English & Math Proficiency Testing:

Smarter Balance is a test that measures our students against students in Oregon and other states on Common Core standards in math and English.  

Students who score Level 3 or 4 have met the standard of the grade level in that subject.  

Our students consistently outperform national and state averages for subject matter proficiency.

Science & Social Studies Proficiency Testing:

OAKS is an Oregon based standardized test that measures our students in the 5th grade in the subjects of Science and Social Studies.  

Students are given a score based on grade level and subject area, and is a pass/fail test assessed by Oregon Education Standards.

Our students consistently outperform the state averages for subject matter proficiency.