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ERIC Number: ED511800
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Pages: 23
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
How the ARCS Was Done. NCSALL Occasional Paper
National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL)
The National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) Adult Reading Components Study (ARCS) was the first large-scale attempt to describe the reading of students enrolled in adult basic education (ABE) and English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) using a battery of individually administered reading and language tests. From May 1998 to June 1999 nearly 1,000 adult learners were tested at over 30 learning centers in eight states. This report recounts in practical terms how Adult Reading Components Study was carried out. Organized chronologically, it covers the initial design of the test battery and questionnaire, piloting, site selection, interviewer training, preparation of materials, interaction with participating adult education centers, scheduling, interviewing, and the procedures used for scoring incoming data and entering it in the data base. Five recommendations are presented that could help to make or break future studies. The intended audience for this report includes individuals and groups who are considering carrying out similar research, such as US DOE agencies, university-based researchers, and state and local adult education officials. [The Adult Reading Components Study was funded by the US Department of Education Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI) and the Office for Vocational and adult Education (OVAE).]
National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL). 44 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210. Tel: 617-482-9485; e-mail: ncsall@worlded.org; Web site: http://www.ncsall.net
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Woodcock Johnson Tests of Achievement