Learners: Measuring Success

One of the things adult educators must be concerned about is measuring how successfully the learners are mastering a set of skills and content.  Traditionally, these are measured through standardized assessments such as TABE or the GED.  Other measures of success used in the adult education field can be employment rates.  However, our work with adult learners acquiring digital literacy skills led us to consider new ways of measuring success. The Measuring Success Brief summarizes findings that demonstrate the need for incremental, learner-centered evaluations of success in digital literacy acquisition programs.

Let us know what you think in the comments section. What have you experienced in the area of measuring success? How might the findings we set forth in this brief help you continue thinking about ways to serve your population of learners?


3 thoughts on “Learners: Measuring Success

  1. Hello digital literacy colleagues at LLTR,

    I am interested in “new ways of measuring success” for digital literacy, and wonder if you could share a list of measures, or perhaps measurement instruments that you might have developed or adapted. Did you, for example, you draw on work of others, for example the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment or the ESO PSTRE skills assessment, or something else? If there is a document that answers questions about the details of what digital literacy skills you measured, could you send the web address for it, or email me please? Thanks.
    David J. Rosen


    1. Hi David! What a great comment. Thank you. We are currently working on a project in which we draw on the ESO PSTRE and layering on a qualitative protocol that allows us to better understand what those PSTRE scores and levels mean. We will be presenting the emerging analysis next month at LRA and would love to share a draft with you for feedback once we have it more concrete.


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