ERIC Number: ED212326
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
California Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) Project. Final Report: July 1, 1980-June 30, 1981.
Rickard, Patricia L.; And Others
This report summarizes the 1980-81 activities of the California Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS) Project, which involved the San Diego Community College District and other California districts in a consortial effort to devise competency-based assessment materials to: (1) place adults in appropriate levels of Adult Basic Education (ABE), English as a Second Language (ESL), and high school diploma programs; and (2) measure the educational achievement of students in these programs. Background information concerning the project and its objectives is first presented, followed by a review of activities undertaken by the districts to examine the assessment needs of adult students and to design appropriate test items and instruments. These efforts included developing 824 test items to measure competencies in the ESL, ABE, and diploma curricula of the districts; field testing instruments using these items; validating these test items through a Rasch scaling procedure; developing prototype tests for intermediate ABE and ESL students and for high school diploma students; compiling a test item bank for instructors and coding these items into the CASAS Competency Code List; and identifying and coding ABE and ESL competency-based materials currently being used in the districts. Appendices include an outline of CASAS life skill competency statements for consumer economics, community resources, health, occupational knowledge, and government and law. (JP)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Students, Behavioral Objectives, Community Colleges, Competency Based Education, Consortia, English (Second Language), High School Equivalency Programs, Intercollegiate Cooperation, School Districts, Student Placement, Test Construction, Test Items, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: San Diego Community Coll. District, CA.