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December 19, 2005

We are compiling resources for you to use regarding to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) at:

There is a new navigation bar in the menu on the left side of the home page, if you want to start there.

The page includes the following sections:

  • Press Releases

  • Frequently Asked Questions (FQA)

  • Fact Sheets

  • Taking Points

  • Newspaper Articles

  • NAAL News

  • Contact Information

We also include links to OVAE's and the Coalition's resources.

Please submit any press releases, newspaper articles, or other resources that you might want to share with your colleagues.  Just email them to Brenda at 

Thanks to Brenda for working so diligently to compile these resources for you.

EFF NJ Conference
December 2, 2005

New Destinations to Literacy, Learning and Life: A National Conference on Adult Education

December 14-15, 2005
Trump Plaza
Atlantic City, New Jersey

Hosted by
Equipped for the Future
The New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission

As we complete the final preparations for the conference, our excitement increases as in anticipation of hearing from so many folks in the field who are integrating Equipped for the Future (EFF) standards- based instructional practices into their programs.

As we began planning for this conference with our partners, we sent out a request for proposals, reaching out to the various programs and states that are implementing EFF, and we received proposals from across the country.  In addition to the 24 EFF sessions that are scheduled, there are a number of sessions that have been coordinated through the New Jersey SETC, totaling 36 sessions over the course of the conference.  We are pleased to have a colleague from India joining us as a conference presenter.

I would also invite you to learn more about the new adult literacy assessments that Educational Testing Service (ETS) and several Charter states are working together to develop.  Designed to measure adult learnersí skills in reading and math, these standards-based assessments are linked to current research and theory.  These web-delivered assessments will include open-ended tasks that measure and report learners' progress across a broad range of knowledge and skills. Because the assessments are computer-based, many of the administrative burdens associated with scoring, test administration, and record keeping will be eliminated or minimized.
Irwin Kirsch from Educational Testing Service (ETS) will be at the conference to discuss this important new assessment.  If you can not attend the conference, I urge you to contact him to learn more about the assessments and to consider your stateís becoming a Charter member.

Itís not too late to register and join us in Atlantic City!  For more information on the conference and to register go to

Keep up the good work.  Let me know when we can help.


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