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Return-Path: <email@example.com> Received: from literacy (localhost [127.0.0.1]) by literacy.nifl.gov (8.10.2/8.10.2) with SMTP id j95IPHG11417; Wed, 5 Oct 2005 14:25:17 -0400 (EDT) Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2005 14:25:17 -0400 (EDT) Message-Id: <000c01c5c9db$5f42c7c0$0302a8c0@frodo> Errors-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Originator: firstname.lastname@example.org Sender: email@example.com Precedence: bulk From: "Marie Cora" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: Multiple recipients of list <email@example.com> Subject: [NIFL-ASSESSMENT:1252] RE: New Computerized Literacy Tests X-Listprocessor-Version: 6.0c -- ListProcessor by Anastasios Kotsikonas X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook, Build 10.0.2627 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Content-Type: text/plain; Status: O Content-Length: 4329 Lines: 142 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: http://www.ets.org/portal/site/ets/menuitem.3a88fea28f42ada7c6ce5a10c392 1509/?vgnextoid=85b65784623f4010VgnVCM10000022f95190RCRD AIR stands for American Institutes for Research (http://www.air.org/) >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. marie -----Original Message----- From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] 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 firstname.lastname@example.org --- Marie Cora <email@example.com> 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: firstname.lastname@example.org > [mailto:email@example.com] 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 > firstname.lastname@example.org > > GCLC is a community service of Volunteers of America > of the Carolinas. > > > > > __________________________________ Yahoo! Mail - PC Magazine Editors' Choice 2005 http://mail.yahoo.com
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