Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool

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Last updated 3 November 2016
Last updated 11/03/2016

This page introduces the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool – what it is and its benefits. It also outlines the requirements for the tool’s use by tertiary education organisations (TEOs) to meet their funding requirements.

The Assessment Tool and what it does

The Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool (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 online assessments (where the computer alters the difficulty of questions in response to the learner’s answer) and non-adaptive printed assessments
  • reporting of results for learners, educators, organisations and the TEC
  • a reliable infrastructure built and tested to information technology industry standards.

Assessment Tool usage is a Funding condition for TEOs receiving foundation-level education funding from us.

To find out more about the Assessment Tool, and what your organisation needs to do to use it, see Assessment Tool Support on the literacy and numeracy for adults website.

Assessment Tool support

The benefits of using the Assessment Tool

Using the Assessment Tool is part of good learner literacy and numeracy skill assessment and development practice.

This means that the Assessment Tool’s diagnostic capabilities and data are used to improve educational outcomes for learners. This occurs when educators use the Assessment Tool to inform their teaching, and when TEOs use Assessment Tool data to embed good literacy and numeracy practice throughout their organisation.

You can read more about embedded literacy and numeracy practice on the best practice for embedding literacy and numeracy page.

What the research shows

TEC-commissioned research shows that Assessment Tool data is increasingly being used by TEOs to inform teaching and organisational practice. The research also shows that the Assessment Tool supports good educational performance when used properly as a diagnostic tool to support teaching, rather than just to comply with funding requirements.

Quantitative modelling of Youth Guarantee data found significant evidence that using the Assessment Tool is linked to successful course completion rates.

For more information, watch or read Dr Ganesh Nana’s presentation at the 2015 National Centre Literacy and Numeracy Symposium.