The Institute for Education Sciences (IES) just announced a new round of grants under the National Center for Education Research grants program. One of them (just one!), led by John Sabatini at the Educational Testing Service (ETS), has an explicit adult literacy focus:
A large percent of U.S. adults struggle to read even basic texts, but there are few valid assessments for this population, making it difficult to measure learning outcomes or improve instruction. The purpose of this project is to develop a digital assessment appropriate for such adults, in particular those reading between the 3rd- to 8th-grade levels. Such an assessment will not only help to determine an adult reader’s strengths and weaknesses but also inform instruction and improve programs and institutional accountability.
The goal is to produce a fully developed and validated, digital assessment for adults reading between the 3rd- to 8th-grade levels.
These other projects may also be of interest:
- Evaluation of Florida’s Developmental Education Redesign | Florida State University, Shouping Hu
- Assessing the Long-Term Efficacy and Costs of the City University of New York’s (CUNY’S) Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) | MDRC, Michael Weiss
- Mapping Barriers to Community College Completion Among Older Learners: Identifying Malleable Factors to Improve Student Outcomes | Miami University, Phyllis Cummins
- Strengthening Present-Future Self-Continuity Improves College Persistence | University of Arizona, Virginia Kwan
- Supporting Strategic Writers: Effects of an Innovative Developmental Writing Program on Writing and Reading Outcomes | University of Delaware, Charles MacArthur