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Date: Tue Oct 04 2005 - 13:36:43 EDT

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Hi Marie and all,
The TALS are currently available. They are open-ended tests and must be
scored by hand. The tests do not use answer sheets - each respondent
writes their answers directly in the booklets. I would be happy to
supply those of you who are interested with order forms for the tests
and scoring manuals. If you would like an order form, please email me
directly at
Julie K. Eastland 
Program Administrator 
Center for Global Assessment 
Educational Testing Service 
Rosedale Rd. 
Princeton, NJ 08541

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On
Behalf Of Marie Cora
Sent: Tuesday, October 04, 2005 11:35 AM
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: [NIFL-ASSESSMENT:1244] RE: New Computerized Literacy Tests

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
To: Multiple recipients of list
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

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
may 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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