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Hello everyone,

I thought perhaps this might be of interest to some of you, given the
discussions that have been taking place as of late:

"Update on Pilot ABE Test Process"

This is an overview of the work that Massachusetts has done to develop
high stakes assessments that are aligned with the state ABE curriculum
frameworks.  It is a joint project between Mass. DOE Adult and Community
Learning Services and UMass, Amherst's Center for Educational

Go to:
and scroll down until you see 
"Update on Pilot ABE Test Process"

It's all fascinating, and I find these pieces to be extraordinary:
-that more than 80 practitioners wrote items for the test (go teachers
-that nearly 5000 tests had been taken by ABE students in the pilot
phases (wow!)

I'm mostly posting this here because it does give you a very good sense
of what it actually entails to do such a monumental task.  Much time,
many people, and I've no doubt much money (but to the latter I cannot
speak, except that I don't doubt it).

So - these tests are Selected Response (multiple choice), and it looks
as if they will try and make them computer adaptive as well.

It makes me wonder about other test development - particularly EFF and
the accompanying assessments that are being developed.  I'll assume that
those assessments are Constructed Response (the person creates the
response; i.e.:  performance assessment).  Can anyone speak to the EFF
development of assessments at all?  We'd be interested in hearing about

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