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Hello, I've been following the inquiries re: computer assessment with great interest. Our research team is currently developing a self-administered, computer-driven reading assessment that begins with phonemic awareness and moves through several subtests including consumer and literary text. Our instrument is currently in a prototype phase. Plans are to obtain "client" feedback this fall, scale up the items during 2006-2007 and subject the completed instrument to local validation studies in 2007-2008. This is a long process, but the detailed written report with suggested instructional interventions seems promising for the field. 

I hope you keep this on the back burner of your mind as we continue our progress, so when we are ready for local and national validation studies (contingent upon Federal funding), you and your students will want to participate. 

Have a great day, barb given

Barbara K. Given, Ph.D.
Director, Adolescent and Adult Learning Research Center
Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, and
Director, Center for Honoring Individual Learning Diversity and International Learning Style 
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030-4444
Fax: 703-993-4325
Ph:  703-993-4406

----- Original Message -----
From: Marie Cora <>
Date: Thursday, October 6, 2005 9:30 am
Subject: [NIFL-ASSESSMENT:1259] Computer assessment and adult learners

> Hi everyone,
> I wanted to prod you all to add your thoughts to Nancy's questions 
> fromthe other day regarding testing via computers in ABE/ESOL.  
> What are
> your thoughts, and what have been your experiences on this?
> I have done a little bit of work using the BEST Plus with adult 
> learners- but in that case, it is the teacher/test administrator 
> who actually is
> using the computer and asking questions of the test-taker.  As an 
> aside,the great thing about this type of computer testing is that 
> the software
> program automatically stops you when the student has reached as 
> far as
> they can go, and it also jumps over questions that it realizes the
> student will have no problem answering.  Thus, you avoid the 
> unnecessaryand sometimes painful process of forcing students to 
> answer way too easy
> questions, for example.
> But!  This is not the situation Nancy is describing here - so do folks
> have thoughts on adult students personally using a computer for
> assessment purposes?  I am also sending this reply to the
> NIFL-Technology List to see if folks over there have something to
> contribute to this discussion.
> Thanks!
> marie
> marie cora
> Moderator, NIFL Assessment Discussion List, and 
> Coordinator/Developer 
> LINCS Assessment Special Collection at  
> On Wed 10/5/2005, Nancy Hansen wrote:
> 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
> >
> > 

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