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Date: Wed Oct 05 2005 - 14:25:17 EDT

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Hi Nancy, yes, of course, thanks for your question about abbreviations.

ETS stands for Education Testing Service, one of the principle
developers of educational tests for all levels of learning (elementary
ed, higher ed, adult basic ed, and specialized subject areas).  For more
info on ETS, you can go to:

AIR stands for American Institutes for Research  (
>From their website:
"The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is one of the largest
behavioral and social science research organizations in the world."
They are the ones who develop and conduct the large scale national
literacy surveys such as NAEP (National Assessment of Educational
Progress) and NALS (National Adult Literacy Survey) and now NAAL
(National Assessment of Adult Literacy).

I leave Nancy's other questions to you all.

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On
Behalf Of Nancy Hansen
Sent: Wednesday, October 05, 2005 1:26 PM
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: [NIFL-ASSESSMENT:1250] RE: New Computerized Literacy Tests

Hello Marie,
For those who are new to the assessment and testing
topic, please tell us what the two following
organization abbreviations mean:
<<...ETS and researchers from AIR are right now
looking at the alignment of the NRS levels with these
tests. ...>>

I also have a question to those who test using
computers:  Do you find the skills of the learner who
has had next to NO exposure to computers and LITTLE
literacy skills are accurately being portrayed via
this style testing?  

I have men and women in our adult literacy program who
had never sat down at a computer - much less used a
mouse before.  I cannot imagine that their extensive
life skills would be evaluated appropriately when they
hit and miss at the computer - sometimes even striking
incorrect keys.

Nancy Hansen
Sioux Falls Area Literacy Council

--- Marie Cora <> wrote:

> 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 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
> 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  
> GCLC is a community service of Volunteers of America
> of the Carolinas.

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