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From: Howard Dooley (
Date: Thu Feb 17 2005 - 16:22:17 EST

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Well, I think Linda answered for me, and in a better way than I could.
Thanks, Linda!  We are using the CASAS writing assessments, and in the
GED preparation classes the GED rubric, and their analyses for writing.

In the lower-level ESL classes we do not assess writing with a
standardized instrument.  We use informal assessments and measures,
though we provide the rubric to every teacher so they can see what will
be expected of learners who choose to continue class work at the higher
level ESL or who transfer into our ABE and ASE classes.

At the lower ESL levels, we don't need the information a standardized
writing assessment would provide for our program decisions, the
instructors don't need it for instructional decisions, and the state and
fed's don't require it (we use reading and/or listening for our federal


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