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Date: Tue Oct 04 2005 - 11:36:20 EDT

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Hi Debbie,

Yes, the TALS is already approved for use with the NRS - but actually,
I'm unsure if that test (paper/pencil version) is still available.
Anyone?  I'll also see if I can find out about that.

What is in process presently is the approval for using the two new
computerized versions (PDQ Profile Series and the Health Activities
Literacy Test) for the NRS.  ETS and researchers from AIR are right now
looking at the alignment of the NRS levels with these tests.  From
there, these two groups make the necessary adjustments, or approve the
use, or reject the use.  The info I was able to find out is that this
process should be completed during this fall.

It is my understanding that staff at AIR who are in charge of the NRS
are the folks who ultimately make the decision to approve a particular
test for use, or not.

mariE :)

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On
Behalf Of Debbie Yoho
Sent: Tuesday, October 04, 2005 10:51 AM
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Subject: [NIFL-ASSESSMENT:1243] RE: New Computerized Literacy Tests

>From Maria:

"The TALS is acceptable to the NRS...  It would appear that
these can be used for the NRS - I believe that this is the effort in
motion right now: to give the official OK for use with the National
Reporting System." 

Maria, can you clarify?  Is the TALS already approved for the NRS, or is
this only in process?  And if in process, do you know when a decision
be made?  And by the way, who approves which tests are allowed for NRS
purposes?  Thanks.

"Turning Pages into Possibilities",  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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