Assessment Strategies and Reading Profiles (ASRP)
The ARCS was designed to provide useful portraits for both practitioners and policy makers of the various types or clusters of readers enrolled in US adult basic education programs, including both native speakers and those in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes. For the study, 955 randomly selected learners (676 ABE and 279 ESOL) were interviewed and assessed at learning centers in Texas, Tennessee, New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. They were given a battery of reading and language assessments to determine their instructional needs. Over half of this testing was done by local ABE and ESOL practitioners who were trained to administer the battery and conduct the interviews in a uniform manner.
This interactive website for adult education practitioners includes two tracks for learning about the tool.
From the website:
On the "Match a Profile" track, you can enter scores for your learner and be matched to one of the 11 ARCS-based profiles. You will find suggestions for instruction as well as information about the ARCS learners in this group that may relate to your learner
Although you will find enough information on the "Match A Profile" track to understand your learner's reading profile, the "Mini-Course" offers an opportunity to learn more about reading. You will find extensive information on the major reading components and assessment as well as sections containing references and downloadable resources.