Assessment Tool options for diverse learners

Assessment Tool options for diverse learners

Last updated 24 February 2017
Last updated 24 February 2017

The Assessment Tool now has a range of assessment options which educators can use to assess diverse learners.

The options are: Adult, Youth, Te Ata Hāpara and Starting Points. We recommend using the Adult option for most learners, but tertiary education organisations (TEOs) , tutors, and trainers can use the option most appropriate to their learners.

The Adult Option is the ‘default’ option of the Assessment Tool and recommended for most learners.

The Youth Option is designed to be appropriate and engaging for learners aged 15 to 25.

Te Ata Hāpara is a reading option in English and is designed for Māori learners.

Starting Points Options

Starting Points Options are the fourth assessment option. They are appropriate for learners at or below koru/step one of the Learning Progressions for Adult Literacy. These include ILN - ESOL learners (particularly those new to New Zealand) and learners who are at the foundation stages of learning to read and use New Zealand English.

The Starting Points Listening and Starting Points Reading options have been developed to help educators work with these learners. The Starting Points options provide an easy way to assess these learners’ skill levels and are designed to be used in a supported, one-to-one situation, ideally using a tablet.

These options are particularly appropriate for these learners if they are in classes funded through Intensive Literacy and Numeracy - English for Speakers of Other Languages ,TEO-led Workplace Literacy and Numeracy (WLN) ,Intensive Literacy and Numeracy - Refugee English ,Student Achievement Component (SAC) or the Industry Training Fund .

Guide to Assessment Tool Starting Points options (PDF, 283 Kb)

More information

If you have questions about how to use Starting Points, please contact the Assessment Tool helpdesk at or 04 381 4576. 

More information on how to use the Assessment Tool to meet fund requirements and as part of good practice is in our Assessment Tool Guidelines:

Guidelines for using the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool (PDF, 414 Kb) - Updated February 2017