ERIC Number: ED480707
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
EFF/NRS Data Collection Project, 2000-2001: An Interim Report on the Development of the EFF Assessment Framework.
SRI International, Arlington, VA.; Tennessee Univ., Knoxville. Center for Literacy Studies.
The Equipped for the Future (EFF) framework describes adult performance along these four dimensions: structure of the knowledge-base; fluency of performance; independence of performance; and range of conditions for performance. When completed it will include a developmental sequence of descriptions of learner performance for each EFF standard; model performance-based assessments and scoring guidelines for each standard; and provide materials, training, and technical assistance that will enrich the National Reporting System (NRS) educational functioning levels and support valid and reliable measures of educational gain by using standardized performance assessments. During year one the following were accomplished: (1) more than 100 teachers in 5 states were trained in developing instruction and assessing performance on the EFF standards; (2) a set of instructional and documentation tools that help teachers embed assessment in on-going instruction were developed; (3) more than 300 teacher-generated performance tasks for 10 EFF standards were collected; and (4) performance tasks and descriptions of adult learner performances on these tasks were analyzed to create draft performance continua for 5 standards. The EFF/NRS project has promoted professional development by enabling practitioners to build knowledge and skills in teaching with standards; create and use learning activities with embedded assessment; and observe, document, and interpret learner performance. The project has led to a strong foundation for adult education system reform and improvement through strengthened capacity for accountability. (Appendices include background documents; assessment, tools, and templates; and reporting.) (MO)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Adult Basic Education, Adult Educators, Adult Learning, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Curriculum Development, Data Collection, Employment Potential, Inservice Teacher Education, Literacy Education, National Standards, Performance Based Assessment, Professional Development, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Student Evaluation, Teacher Made Tests, Test Construction
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. for Literacy, Washington, DC.; Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. Div. of Adult Education and Literacy.
Authoring Institution: SRI International, Arlington, VA.; Tennessee Univ., Knoxville. Center for Literacy Studies.