Starting Points: Assessment Guide
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.
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