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Overview: 

A guide to assessing adults who are operating below the steps described in the Learning Progressions for Adult Literacy. Published by the Tertiary Education Commission.

Aims: 

The primary aim of Starting Points: Assessment Guide is to give tertiary teachers a framework for assessing adults who are beginning to read and write. A must-read and useful starting point for anyone interested in supporting adults who operate below the steps described in the Learning Progressions.

Key Points to Note:

  • The guide has been developed to support Starting Points: Supporting the Learning Progressions for Adult Literacy (Tertiary Education Commission, 2008).
  • It provides suggestions for assessing adults who are operating below the steps described in the Learning Progressions for Adult Literacy (Tertiary Education Commission, 2008).
  • Educators of ESoL learners can also refer to the English Language Partners New Zealand website: www.englishlanguage.org.nz
  • An assessment of an adult literacy learner aims to achieve three key goals.
  • They include: identify the learner’s strengths and areas that need to be worked on in order to set appropriate goals and plan instruction; continuously inform instruction, with relevant feedback provided to both the learner and the educator; and study the outcomes of instruction for reporting purposes (to identify the learner’s gains over time and provide information for evaluating adult literacy programmes).
  • When an adult has very low reading and writing skills, any assessments must be fine-grained and specific to determine exactly what the learner’s skills and needs are in order to maximise the effectiveness of future instruction.
  • The Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool also has online Starting Points assessment options. https://assess.literacyandnumeracyforadults.com

LP Guide

Starting Points: Assessment Guide

A guide for tertiary teachers prepared by the Tertiary Education Commission.

(PDF, 1.1 MB, 68-pages).

  • 30 June 2010
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