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From: Debbie Yoho (
Date: Wed Jun 22 2005 - 11:24:19 EDT

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Judy, a primary concern of many direct providers of literacy services like
me is the accountability standards of the National Reporting System in
relation to the lowest level learners.  Do you know if the new data will be
used or could be used to establish two very low levels in the NRS system? 
Many providers feel it is not reasonable to expect learners who score that
low to achieve the equivalent of two grade levels per year in order to meet
NRS standards. For too many, progress is much slower. I believe the current
system creates a disincentive to serve the lowest level learners because
the accountability pressures are related to funding.  In short, unless
something changes, many feel that serving "too many" very low level
learners could jeopardize an entire program.  

For the Cause of Literacy for All!  Debbie

Deborah W. Yoho
Co-moderator, NIFL-Health Listserv
Executive Director, Greater Columbia Literacy Council
Past President, SC Adult Literacy Educators
2728 Devine Street,  Columbia, SC  29205
803-765-2555   Fax  803-799-8417

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