[Personnelprep] Fwd: [AERNet] The National Reading Media Assessment
Frances Mary D'Andrea
literacy2 at mindspring.com
Mon Nov 23 18:00:26 CST 2009
Just in case you're not on the AERNet list, wanted to post this here.
Jessica Bachicha and some of her colleagues presented at Getting in
Touch with Literacy about this project. They really want feedback, so
perhaps some of your students might want to participate in this field
test --and that way you all can see the assessment, too.
Begin forwarded message:
> From: "Judi Piscitello" <JPISCITE at MAIL.NYSED.GOV>
> Date: November 23, 2009 3:26:42 PM EST
> To: <AERNet at lists.aerbvi.org>,<pibe-division at nfbnet.org>
> Subject: [AERNet] The National Reading Media Assessment
> The National Reading Media Assessment: A Future of Literacy for
> Blind and Visually Impaired Children
> In October 2008 and January 2009, a group of teachers of blind and
> visually impaired students, university professors, parents, and
> researchers gathered at the National Center for the Blind in
> Baltimore, Maryland, to begin work on a new assessment that paves
> the way for the achievement of literacy. They began to develop an
> accurate, easy-to-use tool that will clearly identify the reading
> medium or media of blind and visually-impaired children. This tool
> will determine whether each child who is assessed should be taught
> Braille, print, or both.
> After studying and comparing existing assessments, the following
> areas of need were identified: High expectations, standardization,
> specificity, realization of the importance of future need, and time
> efficiency for the evaluator.
> The National Reading Media Assessment will address these needs by
> integrating the following central concepts:
> 1. Expectations for literacy will be the same as they are for
> sighted peers.
> 2. Assessment conditions will be standardized.
> 3. The assessment will answer the specific question of which
> reading medium should be taught.
> 4. The assessment will take future need into account.
> 5. The assessment will make the assessment process less time-
> consuming and more concise for TVIs.
> In July, we completed the first pilot test, and are now engaged in
> the second stage of field testing. We are looking for TVIs to
> assess blind, visually impaired, and sighted children in each of the
> following categories: Pre-reader/Pre-K, grades K-12, and children of
> all ages with cognitive disabilities. If you are a teacher of blind
> and visually impaired students and would like to participate as an
> evaluator, please contact:
> Jessica Bachicha, Project Coordinator
> Department of Affiliate Action
> National Federation of the Blind at Jernigan Place
> 200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, MD 21230
> Tel: (410) 659-9314 ext. 2529
> E-mail: jbachicha at nfb.org
> A joint project: Department of Affiliate Action, National Federation
> of the Blind, and the Professional Development & Research Institute
> on Blindness, Louisiana Tech University
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