Literacy assessment

International Adult Literacy Assessments: A Centre for Literacy Research Scan for Summer Institute 2013 (2013)

This document is housed on the Centre for Literacy server.

This background paper was prepared for the Centre for Literacy’s Summer Institute 2013, held in Montreal, Quebec, in June of that year.

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2013-12-16

Smart Language: Readers, Readability, and the Grading of Text (2007)

The author uses the term “smart language” to describe language that fits the reading skills of the reader.

The author offers an introduction to adult literacy surveys, research on readability, and readability formulas. He outlines the shift from classic readability studies like text levelling and vocabulary-frequency lists towards new readability measures like the cloze test and reading efficiency.

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2009-10-16

TOWES Baseline Testing (2008)

Project Findings

The Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES) is a competency-based test that uses problem sets and authentic workplace documents to assess essential sills proficiencies in three domains: reading text, document use, and numeracy.

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2008-08-26

Testing...TOWES (2008)

Part of the Learner Skill Attainment Initiative

The Learner Skill Attainment (LSA) Initiative, led by Ontario's College Sector Committee, was undertaken in early 2007 to develop a framework for measuring learner skill attainment in three key essential skills areas: reading text, document use and numeracy.

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2008-08-20

Exploring Approaches to Evaluation in Literacy Programs: A Provincial On-line Evaluation Workshop Summary (2006)

This document summarizes an on-line evaluation workshop hosted by the Saskatchewan Literacy Network in late 2006, in which 12 literacy practitioners from across the province participated. The workshop facilitator was Ningwakwe (Rainbow Woman), a member of the Chippewa First Nation, who has been involved in Aboriginal literacy for 19 years and advocates a holistic approach to literacy/life.

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2008-03-28

Monitoring Tools: Adult Goal Progress Chart (2006)

Family Literacy Programs in the Fraser Valley

From the Ground Up (FGU) is a project of Research in Practice in Adult Literacy (BC), in partnership with Literacy BC, that helps practitioners develop tools to evaluate their community-based programs and facilitate the reporting process. The focus of the project is on community-based adult literacy programs.

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2008-02-07

Monitoring Tools: Learning in a Group Setting (2006)

Inreach/Outreach Program of the Carnegie Learning Centre

From the Ground Up (FGU) is a project of Research in Practice in Adult Literacy (BC), in partnership with Literacy BC, that helps practitioners develop tools to evaluate their community-based programs and facilitate the reporting process. The focus of the project is on Community Based Adult Literacy programs. This document is one in a series that describes monitoring tools developed by different community groups.

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2008-02-07

The Circle of Learning (2006)

Levels 1 and 2

Benchmarks are points of reference that serve as a basis for evaluation or comparison. The Saskatchewan Literacy Network and Saskatchewan Advanced Education and Employment, recognizing the need for literacy benchmarks in their province, developed the Saskatchewan Adult Literacy Benchmarks Levels 1 and 2.

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2007-10-29

Trails to Literacy Around the Province (2002)

Positive Pathways To A Brighter Future

This report is developed to assist literacy agencies and their partners in developing a Trails to Literacy project. Trails is a ‘participatory’ learning concept developed to link learner-driven literacy upgrading with community marketing.

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2007-05-16

Extending the Ladder (1997)

From CASAS to Work Keys Assessments

The goal of the CASAS' Work Keys study was to form a comprehensive assessment system that can be utilized by a variety of agencies, educational institutions, business and industry, and workforce development centers. By analyzing the data they obtained from reading and mathematical assessments, researchers involved in the project were able to investigate the relationship and provide linkages between the two assessment systems.

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2007-04-10

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