[Assessment 1091] New Study on NRS Level Gain Using BEST Plus

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Sarah Young syoung at cal.org
Tue Jan 8 10:07:20 EST 2008

The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) is pleased to announce the
availability of our latest digest, "Effects of Instructional Hours and
Intensity of Instruction on NRS Level Gain in Listening and Speaking."
The digest reports on a descriptive study examining the relationship
between student performance on BEST Plus and NRS level gain and class
attendance. BEST Plus pretest and posttest data for nearly 7,000
examinees were analyzed to see how their performance at each National
Reporting System (NRS) educational functioning level varied according to
number of instructional hours and intensity of instruction. Results
showed that across all NRS educational functioning levels, the greater
the number of instructional hours, the higher the percentage of students
who made an NRS level gain. There was also a general trend toward
greater NRS level gain for students with high levels of instructional
intensity than for those with low instructional intensity. Intensity of
instruction had the greatest impact on students at the Beginning ESL
Literacy, Low Intermediate ESL, and Advanced ESL levels. To read the
full digest, you may view and download a complimentary copy from

Other Online Resources from CAL

CAL is a private, nonprofit organization working to improve
communication through better understanding of language and culture. Our
Web site (www.cal.org <http://www.cal.org/> ) provides a wealth of
information on and access to many free resources. The following links
may be of particular interest:

Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA):
http://www.cal.org/caela -- Resources include briefs on a wide range of
topics in adult ESL education and research.

Literacy Education: http://www.cal.org/topics/le/ -- Resources include
the report from the National Literacy Panel and a report on adolescents
learning English as a second language.

Refugee Integration: http://www.cal.org/topics/ri/ -- Resources include
information about refugee populations coming to the United States.

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