[Assessment 1390] Re: Seeking your discussion topic ideas

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Stephanie Korber korber at centerforliteracy.org
Mon Sep 8 11:44:39 EDT 2008

Good Morning! We run multiple similar programs for the same age group
with the same literacy levels here in Philadelphia. We find that
assessment of reading skills below a sixth grade level is extremely
important in order to provide instruction based on the needs of the
individual, as some will need intensive instruction in the foundational
reading skills that might not be accurately assessed using the TABE
(though we use the TABE for placement and grade level gain increase).
For diagnostic purposes we use the Woodcock Johnson Diagnostic Reading
Battery. It is a time intensive test (one-on-one administration taking
just under 2 hours per student) and you must have the appropriate
qualifications to order and administer it, but we've found that it
provides our instructors with invaluable information about the specific
needs of each learner including their silent reading comprehension vs.
oral reading comprehension, ability to decode, rate of fluency, reading
vocabulary vs. oral vocabulary, etc. It takes about the same time to
administer as a qualitative reading inventory (QRI).

Our teachers use a broad range of materials and strategies for
instruction. In all fairness, I must tell you that we hire certified
reading specialists to work with this population. They have been
trained to address the needs of this target population so they come with
a repertoire of strategies and ideas for materials. I can send you a
list of things we commonly use if you'll send me your email address.
They include the Bluford series of young adult fiction (low readability,
high interest), Wild Side Series, News for You (New Readers Press), and
more. Also, I teach an online course through ProLiteracy Worldwide that
addressing strategies and materials for young adults. The next offering
will be in October, if you are interested.


Stephanie Korber
Director of Youth Education
Center for Literacy, Inc.
636 S. 48th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19143
215 474 1235 ext. 270 & 219
korber at centerforliteracy.org
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From: assessment-bounces at nifl.gov [mailto:assessment-bounces at nifl.gov]
On Behalf Of O'Connor, Susan
Sent: Monday, September 08, 2008 10:07 AM
To: The Assessment Discussion List
Subject: RE: [Assessment 1386] Seeking your discussion topic ideas

Good Morning:

Young Adult Literacy-we are embarking on running two classes for young
adults ages 16-24 who read below a 6th grade reading level. So
techniques and assessments for this special group-pre GED level.

Susan K. O'Connor
Director, Literacy Program
Brooklyn Public Library
431 6th Ave.
Brooklyn, New York 11215
(718) 832-3560 x 5 (718) 832-9032 fax (917) 848-2176 Cell

A library must reflect what is best in a community and reach out to all
people. If citizens are to safeguard civil liberties, elect wise
officials, make sense of the news and negotiate public policy with other
citizens in an ever more diverse society-libraries must be strong.


From: assessment-bounces at nifl.gov on behalf of Marie Cora
Sent: Mon 9/8/2008 9:49 AM
To: assessment at nifl.gov
Subject: [Assessment 1386] Seeking your discussion topic ideas
Good morning, afternoon, and evening to you all. I hope this email
finds you well.

Happy International Literacy Day!!

I want to welcome new subscribers who have signed on in the past couple
of months we now have a total of 715 subscribers on this List.

To start off September, I want to ask you what types of topics that you
would like to see us discuss here on the Assessment List. As always, I
will organize some discussions with special guests, but I would like to
gather your thoughts and requests on discussion topics as well.

So please send your ideas to either the List, or to me personally, if
you prefer that. I will put together a list of the requested topics and
post them for everyone, and we will go from there!

Thanks so much I'm looking forward to reading what is on your minds, and
I'm also looking forward to another interesting year of discussion on
assessment topics in Adult Education.


Marie Cora, Moderator
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National Institute for Literacy
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