[Assessment 1406] Re: Seeking your discussion topic ideas

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Adrienne Davis adrienne.davis at hclibrary.org
Tue Sep 9 10:35:11 EDT 2008

Hi Stephanie,

I, for one, would be interested in your list of materials for low literacy adults. I'm especially interested in low readability, high interest materials for an adult population, such as the 30 - 50 year old set.

Many thanks for offering,

Adrienne Davis
Intake Assessment Specialist
Project Literacy, Howard County Library

Building Life Skills Through Literacy. Educate. Enhance. Empower.

----- Original Message -----
From: Stephanie Korber <korber at centerforliteracy.org>
To: The Assessment Discussion List <assessment at nifl.gov>
Date: Monday, September 8 2008 01:03 PM
Subject: [Assessment 1390] Re: Seeking your discussion topic ideas
CleanCleanDocumentEmailMicrosoftInternetExplorer4Good 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

-----Original Message-----
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


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

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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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