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Return-Path: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Received: from literacy (localhost [127.0.0.1]) by literacy.nifl.gov (8.10.2/8.10.2) with SMTP id j0LHOQn22256; Fri, 21 Jan 2005 12:24:26 -0500 (EST) Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2005 12:24:26 -0500 (EST) Message-Id: <002001c4ffde$edf02f20$0502a8c0@frodo> Errors-To: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Originator: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Precedence: bulk From: "Marie Cora" <email@example.com> To: Multiple recipients of list <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: [NIFL-ASSESSMENT:889] Choosing the right tool X-Listprocessor-Version: 6.0c -- ListProcessor by Anastasios Kotsikonas X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook, Build 10.0.2627 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Content-Type: text/plain; Status: O Content-Length: 2300 Lines: 49 Hi all, This stems from the spelling discussion. I wanted to post this list of questions that you can ask when you are trying to select an assessment. The source is me. You can also go the the Collection section entitled Manager/Administrator Resources (http://literacy.kent.edu/Midwest/assessment/manage_admin.html) and click on "Guidelines for Selecting, Administering, and Taking Tests" within the text there - it brings you to several resources that also help you make informed decisions about selecting assessments. Finally, if the assessment is a published test (some non-published tests also provide these), then a Norms Book and the Administrator's Guide will come with the package - those books answer all the questions that are posed below. In other words, you can find the answers ABOUT THE TEST within the accompanying Norms Book and Admin Guide. But you must answer these questions yourself about your own situation in order to figure out how to match your need with some assessment. Hey! What do you all think? * Purpose: What are you selecting a test for? Initial placement? Determine level of proficiency? Determine progress? Certify skills? Entrance into program? Teacher/program evaluation? Funding requirements? * Approach: What is the test's approach: is it structural? norm-referenced? criterion-referenced? competency-based? standards-based? How does the test's approach fit with your needs/purpose? * Target Population: Who are the students your program serves? ESOL? ABE? GED? Workplace? Who was the test normed on? (Developed for?) Does your target population fit the population that the test was normed on? * Administration: Are there administration/training requirements for purchase? What level of personnel is needed to administer the test? Is the test group-administered, or individually-administered, and what are the implications of each for your purposes? * Purchase: Is the cost of the test prohibitive? * Test length/constraints: How long does the test take to complete? Is it a timed test, and is that appropriate for the target population? marie cora Moderator, NIFL Assessment Discussion List, and Coordinator/Developer LINCS Assessment Special Collection at http://literacy.kent.edu/Midwest/assessment/ email@example.com
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