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Barbara,

Do you have the time and personnel to do individual testing (as with a 
reading inventory), or must the assessment be given en masse or on computer?

Karen

Barbara Kirkwood said the following on 9/30/2009 7:12 AM:
> Hello everyone,
> I am in need of some help or advice.  We have a class (Critical Inquiry) for students who are not reading at collegiate level.  We were strictly using the Accuplacer test for placement but moved to using the SAT and ACT reading scores along with Accuplacer for students who have not taken the SAT or ACT.  Accuplacer seemed to be inconsistent and we had some students who scored over 600 in our classes while students who scored below 400 were not. The most recent ACT report indicated that the equivalent of an SAT 560 score is academically ready for college.  The executive decision here was to use SAT/ACT scores and a cut off for the required class at 450 and below.  The question is how to assess whether we are successfully teaching students to read better. 
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> We link the Critical Inquiry class with a heavy reading class like psychology, philosophy, or chemistry. We use a reading and study skills text but for the bulk of the work, we use the textbook of the linked class.  Students learn a skill and immediately apply it to the linked class.  We teach annotation, questioning, and context vocabulary. 
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> For a final, we have been having the students read and annotate a published study to see if they understand it and pick out the salient information.  I am being tasked to have a pre and post reading test or something to indicate reading at or near college level.  I am aware of the Nelson Denny and TABE, but I am looking for anything else that may be appropriate.  I tried sending six students to take the Accuplacer at the end of the class: 2 I felt would easily pass, 2 who were questionable, and 2 I thought would not pass the test.  One of the top two students did not pass.  He came to my office and told me he didn't feel the test was an accurate assessment of his ability to get information from text, which I thought was an interesting perception on his part.  The other top student did pass along with one of the questionable students.  Thus, I have questions about whether Accuplacer is assessing what we are teaching.  Perhaps we need to develop an in house assessment and work towards establishing reliability and validity. This is where I need help and advice.  
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> Has anyone else developed such an instrument and have you established validity and reliability? Is there anyone who could advise me on accomplishing such a task?  I have spoken to our reading experts in the education department but their expertise applies primarily to elementary school ages.   Is there something else we might be using?  I would appreciate any advice you can give me.
> Barbara
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> Barbara L.S. Kirkwood
> Associate Director for Group Academic Support
> CASA - Center for Academic Support and Advancement
> Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
> (260) 481-6881
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