ERIC Number: ED363733
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
When Less Is More: A Comparative Analysis for Placing Students in Adult Literacy Classes. TR93-8.
Venezky, Richard L.; And Others
A study evaluated different approaches to placing students in adult literacy classes using 168 adult basic education (ABE) and General Educational Development (GED) students. Students in classes at Rochambeau School in White Plains, New York, were given the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE), the Tests of Adult Literacy Skills (TALS), an oral reading test, and a decoding test. They were tested upon entry into an adult literacy program and then placed into either ABE classes (three levels) or a GED preparation class (one level). Various mismatch measures, along with multiple and linear regression, were used to evaluate how well each test predicted the actual placements made. The TABE Locator, which required 37 minutes to administer, predicted actual placements as well as or better than the full TABE, which was normally administered for placement and which, with the Locator, required almost 3 hours to administer. The conclusion from these data was that lengthy testing for placement into four or fewer levels is unnecessary. Neither the TALS, the decoding test, nor the oral reading test performed as well as the TABE Locator. (Appendixes include 24 references, 5 data figures, descriptions of White Plains placement procedures, and 6 data tables.) (Author/YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Programs, Educational Testing, High School Equivalency Programs, Literacy Education, Norm Referenced Tests, Predictive Validity, Student Placement, Test Validity
National Center on Adult Literacy, Dissemination/Publications, University of Pennsylvania, 3910 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3111 ($5; checks payable to Kinko's Copy Center).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Adult Literacy, Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests; Test of Adult Basic Education