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1 National Accessible Reading Assessment Projects National Accessible Reading Assessment Project General Advisory Committee October Meeting Review of Year 1 and Next Steps Cara Cahalan-Laitusis

2 National Accessible Reading Assessment Projects Review Goals of the project Update on progress towards Goal 1 and 2 Communication Plan Next Steps for Goals 1, 2, and 3

3 National Accessible Reading Assessment Projects Goals for Project 1.Develop a definition of reading proficiency 2.Research the assessment of reading proficiency 3.Develop research-based principles and guidelines making large-scale reading assessments more accessible for students who have disabilities that affect reading 4.Develop and field trial a prototype reading assessment

4 National Accessible Reading Assessment Projects Goal 1 Formulate a definition of the construct of reading proficiency that can be used as a basis for research and development for accessible large-scale tests of reading proficiency that provide (a) a valid measure against academic standards, and (b) individual interpretive, descriptive, and diagnostic reports for the full range of students with disabilities that affect reading.

5 National Accessible Reading Assessment Projects Tasks for Goal 1 Convened Definition Panel Created 3 Draft Definitions Conducted Focus Groups Finalized Definition Drafted Position Paper Second Meeting of Definition Panel Drafted Principles and Issues Paper

6 National Accessible Reading Assessment Projects Members of Definition Panel Peter Afflerbach, University of Maryland Donna Alvermann, University of Georgia Diane Browder, University of North Carolina – Charlotte Donald Deshler, University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning Dave Edyburn, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Russell Gersten, Instructional Research Group Cay Holbrook, University of British Columbia Michael Kamil, Stanford University Peggy McCardle, National Institute for Child Health and Human Development Susan Rose, Associate University of Minnesota Deborah Simmons, Texas A&M University Dorothy Strickland, Rutgers University Richard Wagner, Florida State University Brenda Jane (BJ) Wiemer, Kirk Day School Joanna Williams, Columbia Teachers College

7 National Accessible Reading Assessment Projects Goal 2 Conduct a program of research on the assessment of reading proficiency (as defined under Goal One) to determine the effects of various factors of test development, design, and administration (item development, field test methods, presentation modes, formats, schedules, etc.) on accessibility, validity, and comparability for students with disabilities that affect reading.

8 National Accessible Reading Assessment Projects The program of research must be designed to produce an empirical base for developing accessible reading assessments that can provide –a valid measure of proficiency against academic standards, and –individual interpretive, descriptive, and diagnostic reports for students with disabilities that affect reading.

9 National Accessible Reading Assessment Projects Tasks for Goal 2 Set of papers synthesizing disability issue papers (PARA) Studies underway to examine psychometric properties of state assessments for students with disabilities (PARA and DARA) Data collection underway for large experimentally designed differential boost study (DARA)

10 National Accessible Reading Assessment Projects Communication Websites –www.narap.infowww.narap.info –www.ets.org/darawww.ets.org/dara –www.readingassessment.infowww.readingassessment.info Joint NARAP Brochure Joint conference presentations Newsletter Planning for NARAP reports

11 National Accessible Reading Assessment Projects Conference Submissions 2005 Submissions: –CCSSO Large Scale Assessment –OSEP Project Directors 2006 Submissions: –CEC –LDA –ATP –IRA –AERA –NCME –CCSSO

12 National Accessible Reading Assessment Projects Next Steps for Goal 1 Focus Group Report –Edit and publish as joint NARAP report Issues and Principles Paper –Take feedback from GAC and DP –Finalize report –Publish as NARAP report

13 National Accessible Reading Assessment Projects Next Steps for Goal 2 Revise research plans to better align research with Reading First definition Develop new types of test questions that assess fundamental skills and can be group administered Pilot test new approaches

14 National Accessible Reading Assessment Projects Preliminary Steps for Goal 3 Identify Principles Committee Collect current test development guidelines Develop prototype process for development of new item types


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