Montana RIB Update





Geesh, after the Character Ed/Adult Ed conference in Billings, my head is full!  And I’m sure that is the way it is for most of you who had attended some type of training last week.  Phrases keep flying through my mind.


·        … gets caught up in what doesn’t work and just tries to make it better …

·        … motivating people for behavior change …

·        … fear …

·        … relationships … 


Effecting change is not easy for any of us, especially when it means changing the way we do things.  When we get caught up in our daily tasks, it just seems easier to do things the way we know best and the way we think works the best.  (At least, I know that I do that.)  No, I am not advocating throwing out what we already know – background experience helps all of us.  However, I do believe that the following statement from the Montana’s Character Education Project pertains to what we do:  We stand dedicated to WHATEVER IT TAKES to create success.  So, folks, whatever it takes, we can do together.





As I sat down to put together a brief overview on reading assessment, I realized what a daunting task this can be.  Brief?  More tests?  You’ve got to be kidding!!!  (Yes, I can read your minds!)  However, again it is my goal not to make this a cumbersome process but something that you will use or at least think about using.  If you have not yet looked at the ARCS website (Adult Reading Components Study), now is a good time to check it out.




Principle 1: 

When measures of achievement are obtained for each crucial aspect of reading instruction (alphabetics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension), instructionally relevant patterns of scores, or profiles of adults’ strengths and needs in reading, may be observed.  These profiles suggest that ABE readers, including those in ESOL programs and those with a reading disability, are very diverse and that any one measure of reading achievement may not be sufficient to identify strengths and needs for instruction.

Research-Based Principles for Adult Basic Education Reading Instruction (Kruidenier, 2002, p.20.)





On the bottom of the website’s homepage are two choices:






If you have a student’s scores and would like help planning a program for the student, click on Match a Profile.  If you do not have the necessary information, you can still see recommended tests to use plus links to those tests just by clicking on Match a Profile.  (Don’t worry – the TABE is one of the tests.)


If you have a need for more background information in reading, click on Take the Mini-Course.  This is an excellent resource that any ABLE staffer can use!







QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION:  Reply to this email



·        Have any of you used the Match a Profile website? 

·        If so, what assessment tools did you use for the student’s profile?

·        How did the website help you?




We don’t just have to talk about reading, right?  I would think that there are other assessment tools out there for math also.  So Math Minds, what are some of you using?  What do you suggest?




What other assessment tools are some of you using?  Learning inventories?  Career assessments?





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Norene Peterson
Adult Education Center
415 N. 30th
Billings, MT 59101