SARA: Remotely Assessing, Supporting, & Diagnosing Adult Learners’ Literacy Skills

Session 7: 1:00–2:30 PM, Zoom Room 6


SARA is a federally-funded literacy assessment designed specifically for adult learners. Six subtests (decoding/word recognition, vocabulary, reading comprehension, morphology, sentencing processing, and reading efficiency) evaluate a learner’s foundational reading skills. This evaluation can be used to assess, diagnose, and support adult students. CaptiVoice, a reading support tool, currently hosts SARA. In this presentation, we will walk you through using the CaptiVoice platform as an instructor. We will also show you how to register and roster students, assign tests, view score reports, and interpret scores. Further, we will demonstrate what taking SARA looks like from the students’ perspective. Additionally, SARA is the focus of ongoing research; this presentation will describe the ultimate goals of the assessment and how you can help. By using SARA, you are contributing data that will create a score-scale that is not based on K-12 scoring scales. You are also contributing experiences that will be significant to the creation of recommended instructional frameworks responding to a learner’s score and building an individualized tutoring approach for that student.


Halle Smith

University of Memphis

John Sabatini

University of Memphis

John Hollander

University of Memphis

Type of Presentation

Demonstration (90 minute)



Program Strands

  • Adult Basic Education

Category Strands

  • Blended Learning
  • Distance Learning
  • Technology Integration
  • Online Engagement and Assessment