NCER announces FY 2016 Awards

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:

Developing and Validating Web-administered, Reading for Understanding Assessments for Adult Education 

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:

See: NCER announces FY 2016 Awards