This book offers chapters that take on the challenge of assessment methods that account for literacy. It opens a discussion of what it means to be literate in the U.S. and the standards by which such literacy is judged. The first two chapters deal with the problems of definitions and redefinitions of the key terms. The next three chapters deal with specific features of literacy assessment, followed by two chapters that deal with literacy standards in postsecondary settings. The next two chapters deal with the problems of applying literacy standards to two disadvantaged populations and the book concludes with chapters that extend the conversation to alternative spaces.
Setting and Meeting New Literacy Standards: A Multicultural and Collaborative Pedagogy, Evelyn Jaffe Schrelber, Changing the Terms of the Debate: Standards, and Skills in Postsecondary Education, Pegeen Reichert Powelt. How Scoring Helps Teachers Understand Literacy Standards, Karen Shelngold and Joan L. Heller. Legislating Literacy: The Politics of Proficiency, Connie Kendall. Literacy Standards and Professional Stresspoints: Reflections on Large-Scale Writing Assessment, Ronald A. Sudol. Meeting Standards with Efficient Practices for Assessing Revision, Maurice Scharton and Janice Witherspoon Neulleb. Adventures in Assessment: Definitions and Standards for Critical Literacy Programs, Alice S. Homing. Learning in Different Worlds: Native American Students' Approaches to Academic Literacies, Sibylle Gruber. Deconstructing ""Dumb Reading Groups""; Rural New England Culture, Basic Writers/Readers, and the Question of Standards, Laura Gray-Rosendale. Literacy Standards at Hull-House: Forming a New Citizen in Civic Space, Van E, Hillard, Using Writing Standards to Develop a Rational and Moral Foundation for Economic Literacy, Ken Baake, Author Index. Subject Index.