ERIC Number: ED455364
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Assessment Tools for Adult Education.
Shefrin, Carol; Shafer, Dehra; Forlizzi, Lori
The Assessment Tools for Adult Education project was designed to provide training and support to staff of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) funded programs to help them use assessment tools and procedures to document the learning gains of the adult students they serve. The following candidate assessment instruments for reporting learning gains were pilot tested: (1) the Woodcock-Johnson Revised Tests of Achievement and the Woodcock Reading Mastery Tests-Revised; (2) the Wonderlic Basic Skills Test; and (3) the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS). All three assessment instruments were deemed usable by a variety of ABLE-funded programs and were added to Pennsylvania's list of standardized assessments approved for reporting adult learner educational gain data. A total of 68 participants from 38 state agencies received CASAS initial training, and 37 participants from 17 agencies received CASAS advanced training. Information about and technical assistance on the CASAS was provided to ABLE agencies throughout the project year. Four Pennsylvania-based CASAS trainers were advanced toward becoming certified state-level CASAS trainers. (The following items are appended: the pilot test application form; a list of agencies participating in the pilot test; and draft educational gain standards for the pilot instruments.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Students, Basic Skills, Certification, Comparative Testing, Inservice Education, Learning Modules, Literacy Education, Measurement Techniques, Measures (Individuals), Pilot Projects, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, State Agencies, Statewide Planning, Student Evaluation, Systems Approach, Technical Assistance, Test Use, Testing, Trainers
AdvancE State Literacy Resource Center, Pennsylvania Department of Education, 333 Market St., 11th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333. Tel: 800-992-2283 (Toll Free); TTY: 717-783-8445; Fax: 717-783-5420; e-mail: email@example.com.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: TIU Adult Education and Job Training Center, Lewistown, PA.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Woodcock Johnson Tests of Achievement; Woodcock Reading Mastery Test