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From: Jane Meyer (meyer_j@ccsdistrict.org)
Date: Mon Aug 01 2005 - 15:40:50 EDT


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Subject: [NIFL-ASSESSMENT:1190] Re: Request to hear from USDOE and Funders
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Marie Cora wrote:

>At the end of Phil's post, he raised these important questions:
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>One final thing that I have never heard in discussions of high-stakes 
>testing is anything from the USDOE folks or other funders -- do *they*
>see program quality improving as a result of requiring these tests? Do they feel that the learners are being better served now?
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>If there are folks on the list who fall into the above categories
>(USDOE/Funders), would you please provide a response? 
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>If there are folks on the list who might not fall into these categories,
>but who can speak to these questions, would you please provide a
>response?
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I am not a funder or from USDOE, but I am a program coordinator in 
Canton, Ohio whose program is participating in a pilot project through 
the USDOE.  The project is called STAR (Student Achievement in Reading) 
and its purpose is to teach teachers strategies to improve reading in 
adult intermediate (NRS levels 3 and 4) learners. The first training we 
had focused on diagnostic reading assessment, going beyond the TABE or 
CASAS to assess alphabetics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension in 
order to determine instructional needs and instructional levels. STAR is 
based on reading research which states we need to assess struggling 
readers in alphabetics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.  I think 
this is the position of USDOE.  You can get more information on this 
from the ARCS website at www.nifl.gov/readingprofiles.  
Jane Meyer  

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