About Us

The EFF Assessment Consortium was a partnership between SRI International (formerly the Stanford Research Institute, now an independent not-for-profit research and development organization with headquarters in Menlo Park, California and offices in Washington DC) and the Center for Literacy Studies at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

The National Institute for Literacy funded the consortium to build on work toward defining an assessment framework for the EFF Standards carried out by the Institute for Educational Leadership in 1999-2000. The consortium's work also builds on and expands EFF field research to refine the EFF Standards and define continua of performance for the Standards that has been coordinated by the Center for Literacy Studies since 1998.

Field research and development was conducted with the assistance of state adult education agencies and teacher researchers in Maine, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington.

Support was also provided by the U.S. Department of Education’s Division of Adult Education and Literacy in the Office of Vocational and Adult Education. DAEL and NIFL jointly funded work on the EFF/National Reporting System Joint Data Collection Project (2000-2002).

Click here for a list of partners in the EFF assessment development work and the ARC web site team.