ERIC Number: ED412428
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Extending the Ladder: From CASAS to Work Keys Assessments. Final Report.
American Coll. Testing Program, Iowa City, IA.; Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System, San Diego, CA.
CASAS (Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System) and ACT (American College Testing) have separately developed systems to identify the skills needed in the workplace. A research project studied the relationship between CASAS' Workforce Learning Systems (WLS) and ACT's Work Keys to determine how the systems could be linked to support individuals as they move up the employability skills ladder. The project first conducted a content and cognitive review to verify three assumptions: workplace skills can be viewed as a continuous and progressive process; the two systems provide high quality assessment tools; and there is a link between the systems. An empirical study addressed two research questions: whether the two assessments in reading and mathematics are sufficiently correlated to permit meaningful articulation, and whether the two assessments in reading and mathematics are different enough in the range of skill levels covered so that articulation will extend the total range of skills covered in individual assessments.Study participants took either the WLS (n=383) or the Work Keys (n=367) reading assessment and either the WLS (n=379) or the Work Keys (n=347) mathematics assessment. The final matched sample contained 494 participants. Results showed that the two systems are sufficiently correlated and sufficiently different to make an integration feasible and useful. It was recommended that educators, trainers, and human resource managers use the systems in tandem for developing workplace learning programs and placing individual learners. (The report contains 16 references. Appendices include a list of data collection sites, proposal letter, sample assessment items, examinees with usable scores by state and site, and relationship between participants and typical examinees.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Basic Skills, Education Work Relationship, Evaluation Methods, Job Skills, Mathematics Tests, On the Job Training, Reading Tests, Test Use, Workplace Literacy
CASAS Customer Service, 8910 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92123-1104.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. for Literacy, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Coll. Testing Program, Iowa City, IA.; Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System, San Diego, CA.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Work Keys (ACT)