The North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) has developed policies and guidelines for the assessment of Basic Skills/literacy students. This document provides North Carolina Basic Skills/literacy programs guidelines for developing and implementing a comprehensive assessment policy.
Title II Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) of The Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, requires that all students entering Basic Skills classes must be assessed by a standardized test. Local Basic Skills/literacy providers are required to assess students using standardized pre and post assessments approved by the National Reporting System (NRS) to place students in federal Educational Functioning Levels (EFL’s) and report gain measures for the NRS. Allowable tests through June 30, 2021 for ABE/ASE include the following: Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) Reading and Math GOALS and Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) 11&12. Allowable tests through June 30, 2021 for ESL include the following: Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) Reading and Listening, TABE Complete Language Assessment System-English (TABE CLASE), Basic English Skills Test (BEST) Literacy, and BEST Plus 2.0. Refer to the Federal Register for a complete list of approved forms and levels for all approved tests. For an exhaustive list of NRS approved test forms please see Appendix at the end of this document. In addition, local programs are encouraged to use a variety of informal assessments to assist instructors/tutors in selecting appropriate teaching methods and materials.