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From: Virginia Tardaewether (
Date: Tue Oct 04 2005 - 16:34:09 EDT

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CASAS is available in a paper and pencil format.

Virginia Tardaewether 
Chemeketa Community College 
4000 Lancaster Drive NE 
Salem, OR  97305 

    Centuries ago, in autumn, people prepared for winter by storing crops that could be used as firewood during the difficult times ahead.  The heart worries when it has to prepare for difficult times.
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-----Original Message-----
From: []On
Behalf Of Gustav Kocsis
Sent: Tuesday, October 04, 2005 10:10 AM
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: [NIFL-ASSESSMENT:1245] RE: New Computerized Literacy Tests

We usually have a large number of students registering during
registration times. We are using the CASAS and we are not very happy
with that test. Is this test available as a paper and pencil format?
Does any one know? Can scantron type of answer sheets be used?

Gustav A. Kocsis
English as a Second Language Coordinator
Adult Basic Education
Santa Fe Community College
6401 Richards Ave
Santa Fe, NM 87508

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On
Behalf Of Marie Cora
Sent: Tuesday, October 04, 2005 9:36 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
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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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