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Judgemental testing is not worth an educator's concern.  Assessments are
only worth-while when they inform instruction.

Bob 


On 2/13/10 2:58 PM, "Ross, Faye" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Hi Everyone -
> 
> I have been asked about post-testing in a lower-level reading course at a
> community college.  The course was eliminated, but several faculty think the
> course is needed.  However, the administration has indicated they will not
> restore the course unless COMPASS is used as a post-test to evaluate the
> efficacy of the course.  I gather they are using COMPASS as a placement
> mechanism.   They have heard the Nelson Denny might be a better instrument.
> 
> They would prefer to use comprehensive reading assessment rather than ANY
> standardized post-test, but they need to make a case for the course in a way
> that will speak most effectively to the administration.
> 
> The two questions they asked me to post:
> 
> 1) What is the largest range in COMPASS reading scores that should seat
> students in a single fourteen-week developmental reading course? (Would a
> nearly forty-point range be fair to students and pedagogically viable?)
> 
> 2) As a post-test for the lower of two levels of developmental reading, what
> are the assets and liabilities of COMPASS and Nelson-Denny?
> 
> I'll pass on any input you can offer.
> 
> Thanks!
> 
> Faye Ross
> 
> Coordinator, Fundamentals of Reading
> School of Liberal Arts
> Philadelphia University
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