Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool

Type:
Software tool

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. The Assessment Tool also allows learners to track their progress over time and enable educators and organisations to 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.

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 TEC guidelines 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 recommends that TEOs similarly assess:

  • learners enrolled in levels 1 to 3 course(s) 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.

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.

ILN ESOL

Learners enrolled in an ILN or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) funded programme must have their literacy and numeracy gains identified using a process agreed by the TEC, for example using the Assessment Tool’s snapshot step 2 threshold followed by the Starting Points Assessment.

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.

The TEC has developed a guide to assist providers in how to use the Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Tool (PDF, 515 Kb).

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 claculating Assessment Tool useage

Information on the TEC's methodology for calculating TEO's Assessment Tool usage for the Student Achievement Component, Intensive Literace 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.

A seperate methodology for Assessment Tool usage for industry training organisations will be released by the TEC later in 2015.

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 Assessment Tool, visit the 'Assessment Tool Support' tab 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, an embedded literacy and numeracy (ELN) practices table was developed to help organisations identify their own ELN practice. The table enables organisations to reflect and then plan for what can be achieved to improve embedded practice.

  • Last changed: 30 January 2015
  • Last verified: 30 January 2015