ERIC Number: ED329761
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Workplace Literacy Instruction and Evaluation: R.O.A.D. to Success.
Askov, Eunice N.; Brown, Emory J.
A Pennsylvania project to improve the reading skills of commercial drivers and to help them pass the required federal Commercial Driver's License (CDL) written examination was evaluated at five pilot sites. The project used ROAD (Real Opportunities for Advancement and Development) to Success, a basic skills course of interactive computer courseware and print instructional materials developed for truck drivers in the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). Participants were 68 of 77 workers who failed a sample CDL test--the Quick Assessment Test (QAT)--and who scored below the advanced level on the vocabulary section (approximately 9th grade level) of the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) Locator Form; 58 completed the 100-hour course. Personal interviews were conducted. A criterion-referenced test, TABE survey forms, QAT, and CDL examination were administered to participants and a comparison group of 10 PennDOT workers. Scores on all tests increased significantly for the treatment group. At the end of the project, 59 percent of ROAD workers passed the CDL compared with 37 percent of the comparison group. Recommendations were for program dissemination, supplemental help for low-level readers, teachers with workplace literacy experience and computer skills, and open entry/open exit. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Certification, Comparative Analysis, Computer Assisted Instruction, Demonstration Programs, Driver Education, Formative Evaluation, Instructional Materials, Literacy Education, Online Systems, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Reading Skills, Service Vehicles, Summative Evaluation, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Driver Licensing; Truck Drivers
Note: Paper presented at the American Reading Forum (11th, Sarasota, FL, December 12-15, 1990).