NIE is looking for item writers for 2022!
National Italian Exam Professional Item Writing Opportunity
The National Italian Exam is recruiting item writers to write items for the 2022 exam. Item writer recruitment is ongoing and will close on June 30th. If you are interested and your skills and experience match with what the NIE Committee is looking for, you will receive further directions for training as well as information about the honorarium. Consultancy contracts are year-by-year, but may be renewed based on item writing performance and item development needs.
Please see this page about the application process.
Application deadline: June 30th, 2021
The rapid technological advances have resulted in a variety of computer‐delivered language tests and platforms for creating customized assessment. The NIE is committed to providing students and teachers with the best online testing experience and to guaranteeing a fair, valid test for all test-takers. Starting in 2021, the NIE will be hosted by Lingco, an online language instruction and assessment platform used by high schools, colleges, and universities all over the country. Teachers will find step-by-step instructions and video tutorials on how to register their students and administer the exam using Lingco on this site.
What is the National Italian Exam?
Established in 1985, the NIE is the official national language contest for middle and high school students of the American Association of Teachers of Italian. It is a web-based proficiency and performance assessment that measures written and aural interpretation skills in alignment with the ACTFL Performance Descriptors and the 2012 ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. The mission of the NIE is to provide:
- an opportunity for the visibility and the promotion of Italian programs in North American schools;
- an assessment tool that can be used by teachers and students as a diagnostic feedback;
- a measurement of language skills that can constitute a positive washback to help inform high school instruction and curricula.
The NIE can be used to support students in preparation for the official exams of Seal of Biliteracy, the SAT II, and it can make them eligible for the Società Onoraria Italica scholarships.
In addition, the NIE provides an excellent opportunity to highlight our students' success as every year over 6.000 high school students of Italian take the exam nationwide.
AATI offers an extensive regional and national prize program that consists of monetary prizes, study-trips to Italy, medals and certificates to award students of all different language proficiency to celebrate their accomplishments.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed the NIE on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for 2020-2021.
On this website teachers will find all the necessary information about the exam and how to register their students.
We wish good luck to all the students who participate in the NIE!
The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed the National Italian Exam on the 2020-2021 NASSP List of Approved Contests, Programs, and Activities for Students.
Supporting Italian in the USA
The NIE's mission is to promote Italian Language in the USA. Learn what some students think about learning Italian in this video produced by the Embassy of Italy.
This standardized package contains brochures for parents and students, which can be used to introduce the NIE in your schools.