IES: SARA (Study Aid & Reading Assessment) Pilot

Posting on behalf of IES

Dear Adult Educator,

 Once adult educators ourselves, we are writing to ask for your help in a research project that we hope will benefit you, your students and your adult education program.  

ETS is recruiting adult basic education students and programs to participate in a national pilot of the SARA (Study Aid & Reading Assessment), a project supported by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). The SARA measures foundational reading skills and is part of a suite of research-based, online reading assessments for adult learners that will be rolled out throughout 2019 and 2020.

 Please see below for more information. Details are also included in the SARA Invitation flyer. You can also view videos about the SARA here: SARA Explainer.

For questions or to register, contact Kietha Biggers at Thank you!

Study basics:

  • Assessments are online and compatible with most systems
  • Assessments take about 30 minutes to completE
  • Score reports and optional consultation will be available 2-4 weeks after testing
  • Student reading levels should be from 3rd to 9th grade

 Study benefits:

  • No cost access to the SARA and student outcome data through 2019, and possibly beyond
  • Incentive payments to you or your students (proportionate to the level of involvement
  • Instructional support and resources aligned with SARA resultS
  • Early access to scenario-based comprehension assessments available in fall, 2019

Study commitments:

  • Program staff schedule and proctor online tests
  • Students are provided access to the internet and computers, or other digital devices
  • Students are assigned login IDs provided by ETS
  • With student consent, the program shares other de-identified student data with researchers (e.g. TABE scores)

 We hope to hear from you! (