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Focus On Basics

Volume 3, Issue B ::: June 1999


Workforce Investment Act

For a copy of the act, contact the House Document Room at (202) 226-5200. The Workforce Investment Act is Public Law 105-220. For an overview of the act, go to
For federal legislation and summaries of the act, go to

Assessment Systems

Comprehensive Adult Skills Assessment System (CASAS),
8910 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92123-1104
phone: 1-800-255-1036,
fax: 619-292-2910

National Reporting System

For information on the National Reporting System,
contact Larry Condelli of Pelavin Research Associates at
(202) 944-5311 or visit the web site at


An interesting discussion on accountability started on the
National Literacy Advocacy electronic discussion list in May.
To read the archived messages, go to .
The archives are grouped by year and can be sorted by name,
date, topic, and thread. You can specify the NLA list, and
sort by thread: accountability.

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And finally, a poem about Accountability

Truth and Perfection

I can see it off in the distance,
Shimmering in the brilliant red sunset.
"Outcome measurement
leading to accountability and
continuous improvement."
Its models of logic impressive, complex,
Almost beyond human comprehension.
But as I approach, I see behind the mask
A teetering house of cards,
Held together with airplane glue,
The odd rubber band,
And the too-bright paint,
Festive and self-congratulatory.
As I stare, awestruck and overwhelmed, I wonder:
Is this thing as unattainable and tauntingly out of reach
As is true love, true happiness,
or anything else
Perfect and true?

-Alan Brickman, 1999

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