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Assessment Strategies and Reading Profiles

Assessment Strategies and Reading Profiles (ASRP)

Teacher and students at deskASRP provides research-based assessment strategies to improve reading instruction for Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Adult Secondary Education (ASE) learners.

Intended users: Primarily ABE and ASE teachers, program administrators, and staff developers, but all other visitors are welcome.

How to use ASRP: Follow the menu in order because ASRP presents topics sequentially, with later concepts building on earlier ones. 

Video of Matching Profiles

View testing of four reading subskills illustrating that:

  • Diagnostic testing can inform the learner as well as the teacher.
  • Diagnostic testing can be a very positive and supportive experience for the adult learner.

View the
Diagnostic Testing Video

What you can do with ASRP

Staff development: ASRP is designed to enrich and support staff development activities by ABE and ASE teachers, program administrators, and staff developers. However, ASRP is not an online course, and it should not be used on a stand-alone basis for awarding professional development points or credits.

From the Field: Featured Resources on effective assessment strategies to improve reading instruction.

About the ASRP site: Who created this site and how was it created?

Applying research in reading for adults - book coverASRP offers suggestions for instruction in the various components of reading. For more information on instruction, we recommend that you download a free copy of:

McShane, S. (2005). Applying research in reading for adults: First steps for teachers. Washington, DC: National Institute for Literacy. (1.1MB) PDF

Why should you use ASRP

Steeped in the research, ASRP provides effective, evidence-based reading assessment strategies that reflect best practices in professional development and up-to-date research. Access featured adult literacy resources and an overview of ASRP’s relationship with the STudent Achievement in Reading (STAR) initiative.

The involvement of researchers from the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) in developing the content and materials for the ASRP Web site does not constitute, and should not be construed as, an endorsement by NCSALL or Harvard University of this Web site or of any other materials or information contained within it.