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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 j2PCvGG16948; Fri, 25 Mar 2005 07:57:16 -0500 (EST) Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2005 07:57:16 -0500 (EST) Message-Id: <010001c5313b$22e1c4e0$0202a8c0@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:1024] RE: NRS projects and resources 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: 3941 Lines: 100 Hi Larry and all, Thanks for your reply. So! Oops! Here I was looking at all these case studies wondering why they are from Australia. However, I did find some of what I read there pretty interesting. Does the U.S. system have anything similar to what I saw at the Aussie site? (case studies and stuff like that?) Is their system so different that it can't inform us, either on a large scale or on a classroom scale? This might be way too big a question but how are the English and Australian systems different from ours? Can any List members tell us if they are developing a state report card? Thanks, marie -----Original Message----- From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Condelli, Larry Sent: Thursday, March 24, 2005 6:30 PM To: Multiple recipients of list Subject: [NIFL-ASSESSMENT:1023] RE: NRS projects and resources Hi Marie and Everyone, You asked about our performance assessment development summary. This came about because several years ago, some state directors of adult education asked OVAE for guidance on developing this type of assessment. OVAE funded a panel, convened by the National Academy of Sciences, to give advice on this and the panel held a meeting and eventually produced a book of papers from the conference and recommendations. OVAE also asked me to write a summary of the key development issues, which resulted in the paper on the NRS web site to which you refer. The paper has references, including the NAS panel report, for anyone who is interested in pursuing the matter seriously. Your second question concerns state report cards. The idea for this first came from the K-12 system and a couple of years ago, one draft of reauthorization of WIA had a requirement for states to develop report cards for their adult education and literacy system. That requirement was eventually dropped, but OVAE thought it was still a good idea. So we have planned at some point in the near future to provide training and resources through the NRS project to states interested in developing them. Finally, you asked about Australia. Coincidentally, Australia also has a "National Reporting System." However, it has nothing to do with ours and is not like our NRS at all. It is more similar to the adult literacy system in England. -----Original Message----- From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Marie Cora Sent: Thursday, March 24, 2005 11:26 AM To: Multiple recipients of list Subject: [NIFL-ASSESSMENT:1017] NRS projects and resources Hi Larry and everyone, I wonder if anyone has read/used the following document: Developing Performance Assessments for Adult Literacy Learners: A Summary http://www.nrsweb.org/reports/PerformanceAssessments.pdf and can comment on it for us. Also, the info bulletin Enhancing Performance Through Accountability http://www.nrsweb.org/nrsBrochureFinal.pdf notes that there are a few projects going on, one of which is developing State Report Cards. I remember that this was happening here in Massachusetts a year or two ago. Can anyone comment on their State Report Card? What is that like? Is it helpful? Larry, can you comment on any trends you have seen, or what the experience has been like having states develop report cards? Have you found that helpful for NRS purposes? Do you find that that aids the connection between the NRS and what is happening locally? Finally, NRS On-Line (http://www.nrs.detya.gov.au/default.htm) has some cool resources - I got a lot out of reading the Case Studies - but I'm stumped by one thing: Larry - it seems that all the case studies are from Australia - can you comment on that for us? I know that Aussie has a great history and reputation of excellent adult education work, but I was not aware that some of the NRS development work happened there (?). Thanks! marie cora Assessment List Moderator
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