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This seemed like such a good site, but my computer repeatedly hangs up
on the first item about how to answer test questions. After I select
"rye bread," that text highlights, then the "teacher" says to click on
"Next," but I cannot get beyond that point. Has anyone else had this

Pat Handy
Coordinator, Wicomico County Adult Learning Center
Philmore Commons, Salisbury

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>>> 10/06/05 9:41 AM >>>
Hi Everyone, if you get a chance - I would encourage you go to the ETS
website at, then click on the link on the left
called "ETS Literacy Details." Once you click on that link, you will see
a series of tabs. Click on the one titled "Test Preparation." Once you
have done that, you will see some additional tabs. Click on the one
called "Tutorial." 

This tutorial is free and has 2 sections - the first section teaches
basic computer skills such as how to use a mouse, how to click, and how
to highlight, and the second section teaches skills that are specific to
how to answer questions in the ETS literacy tests. You may find the
section on mouse skills to be a useful tool to assist your learners in
developing their basic computer skills.

Best regards,
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: Wednesday, October 05, 2005 2:25 PM
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: [NIFL-ASSESSMENT:1252] RE: New Computerized Literacy Tests

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

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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