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Feb. 2, 2005

Frisbie Named To National Reading Assessment Advisory Committee

David Frisbie, a professor of educational measurement and statistics in the University of Iowa College of Education, was recently selected to serve on the General Advisory Committee of the National Accessible Reading Assessment Projects (NARAP).

Frisbie, director of the Iowa Statewide Testing Program and a co-director of the Iowa Testing Programs, has been at the UI since 1981 and with the Iowa Testing Programs and its faculty since 1986. He holds a Ph.D. in educational measurement from Michigan State University and is currently president of the National Council on Measurement in Education.

NARAP is a collaborative of projects that currently include two projects funded by the U.S. Office of Education's Office of Special Education Programs. One project is Designing Accessible Reading Assessments based at Educational Testing Service. The second project is the Partnership for Accessible Reading Assessment, a consortium made up of the National Center on Educational Outcomes; the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing CRESST); and Westat, Inc.

The two projects have a common set of goals that include the formulation of a definition of the term "reading proficiency," one that provides a basis for research and development for accessible large-scale tests of reading proficiency that provide valid measures of proficiency against academic standards, and meaningful individual reports for the full range of students with disabilities that affect reading.

Another goal is to conduct a program of research on the assessment of reading proficiency to determine the effects of various factors of test development, design, and administration on accessibility, validity, and comparability for students with disabilities that affect reading.

The 25-member General Advisory Committee is made up of representatives from key organizations including test developers, reading educators, researchers, parents, and disability groups. The group is charged with reviewing and advising on the general plans of the project and serving as a liaison with their own, and other important stakeholder groups.

General information about NARAP and the work of the General Advisory Committee is available at www.narap.info.

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