Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool

Type:
Software tool

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The Assessment Tool and what it does

The Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool is an online adaptive tool that provides robust and reliable information on the reading, writing and numeracy skills of adults.

The Assessment Tool informs the development of learning interventions that strengthen literacy and numeracy skills. It also allows learners to track their progress over time and lets educators and organisations report on the progress made by groups or cohorts of learners.

The Assessment Tool provides:

  • reading, writing, vocabulary, listening, speaking and numeracy assessments linked to the learning progressions
  • thousands of assessment questions, using New Zealand adult contexts
  • adaptive (where the computer alters the difficulty of questions in response to the learner’s answer) and non-adaptive assessments (online and printed)
  • reporting for learners, educators, organisations and the TEC
  • a reliable infrastructure built and tested to IT industry standards.

Use of the Assessment Tool will continue to be a funding condition on TEOs receiving foundation education funding through the TEC.

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Using the Assessment Tool

Where use of the Assessment Tool is a condition of funding received by your TEO, this is set out in your Confirmation of Investment Plan funding letter. Please see the guide (PDF, 117 Kb) to using the Assessment Tool by fund.

Different funds require the Assessment Tool to be used in different ways.

SAC and Youth Guarantee

The following requirements apply to learners enrolled in level 1 to 3 courses:

  • SAC-funded course(s) that lead to the award of a qualification at level 1 or 2 on the NZQF (including NCEA)  (except for any exempted te reo and ESOL course); and/or
  • Youth Guarantee funded course(s) that lead to award of a qualification at any level.

Learners must be assessed in at least reading and numeracy using the Assessment Tool:

  • at the start of their enrolment (unless they have been assessed already within 90 days before enrolment and/or have been previously assessed and presented at step 4 for reading and step 5 for numeracy); and again
  • at the end of their enrolment (unless they have been previously assessed and presented at step 4 for reading and step 5 for numeracy).

NOTE: Learners will only need to be re-assessed in the areas where they have not met the threshold. For example, if a learner presents at step 4 in reading and step 3 in numeracy at the start of their enrolment they will only need to be assessed again for numeracy.

As good practice for other SAC and/or Youth Guarantee funded delivery, the TEC expects that TEOs similarly assess:

  • learners enrolled in levels 1 to 3 courses that lead to the award of a qualification at level 3 on the NZQF (including NCEA)
  • any learner, regardless of course or qualification level, where the TEO considers that the learner is likely to have reading and numeracy needs.

This approach will enable the TEO to identify the literacy and numeracy support needs of its learners and implement the necessary support to enhance teaching and learning to meet those needs. 

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Intensive Literacy and Numeracy and Workplace Literacy and Numeracy

Learners enrolled in an Intensive Literacy and Numeracy (ILN) or Workplace Literacy and Numeracy (WPL) funded programme must be assessed in at least reading and numeracy using the Assessment Tool at the start of their enrolment and again at the end of their enrolment.

For these two funds, TEOs are expected to assess their learners using the Assessment Tool, unless the learner's ability is too low for them to be able to complete an assessment. In such cases, learners must be assessed using the step 2, or the Starting Points assessment guide.

ILN ESOL

If a learner is enrolled in ESOL foundation-level courses only, they will be exempt from needing to be assessed in 2015. However, from mid-2015, there will be an ESOL version of the Assessment Tool available. The TEC recommends each TEO starts assessing ESOL foundation-level learners in 2015 using this version of the Assessment Tool (once it becomes available).

Industry Training Fund

Industry trainees enrolled in a programme leading to the award of a qualification at levels 1 or 2 must be assessed using the Assessment Tool to identify their:

  • literacy and/or numeracy needs at the start of their enrolment (unless they have been assessed already within 90 days before enrolment and/or have been previously assessed and presented at step 4 for reading or step 5 for numeracy); and 
  • progress in gaining literacy and/or numeracy skills during or at the end of their enrolment (unless they have been previously assessed and presented at step 4 for reading or step 5 for numeracy).

NOTE: Learners will only need to be re-assessed in the areas where they have not met the threshold. For example, if a learner presents at step 4 in reading and step 3 in numeracy at the start of their enrolment they will only need to be assessed again for numeracy.

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Resources and guides

The TEC has developed a guide (PDF, 117 Kb) to help providers use the literacy and numeracy assessment tools.

There is now an alignment of the Learning Progression Steps with the six NZQF level 1 literacy and numeracy unit standards (26622 - 26627). These unit standards (three literacy and three numeracy) provide one pathway for learners to meet the 10 credits level 1 literacy and 10 credits level 1 numeracy requirement for NCEA levels 1, 2 and 3. This alignment is illustrated in the Alignment Chart (see Aligning the measures of Adult Literacy and Numeracy below).

Learners, who present at step 4 reading and step 5 numeracy (and are therefore exempt from any further progress assessments), can use the Assessment Tool report as a piece of evidence towards the achievement of some of the level 1 literacy and numeracy unit standards. See the NZQA website for further information.

Methodology for calculating Assessment Tool usage

Information on the TEC's methodology for calculating TEO's Assessment Tool usage for the Student Achievement Component, Intensive Literacy and Numeracy, Workplace Literacy, and Youth Guarantee funds is available below. This methodology will be used to calculate usage performance until further notice or publication of a new methodology.

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Further information about the Assessment Tool

To find out more about the Assessment Tool, and what your organisation needs to do to prepare to use the Tool, visit the 'Assessment Tool Support' tab at www.literacyandnumeracyforadults.com.

 

Embedded Literacy and Numeracy (ELN) Practices

In 2013 the TEC commissioned research on literacy and numeracy professional development.

Based on that research, we developed an embedded literacy and numeracy (ELN) practices table to help organisations identify their own ELN practice. The table lets organisations reflect and then plan for what can be achieved to improve embedded practice.

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  • Last changed: 6 July 2015
  • Last verified: 6 July 2015