ADED 660

Informal and Formal Assessment in Adult Literacy

4 Graduate credits
Effective May 6, 2020 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course will focus on an introduction to ways of formally and informally assessing the literacy of adult learners. Once learner needs have been identified, specific content ¿materials, tools, and instructional methods can be used to assist adult learning in various settings. We will also look at what it means to have fair and appropriate assessments for English as a foreign language; adult English and basic skills needed for work, family, community and continuing education; the uses and issues of standardized tests; assumptions about testing, cultural bias and interpretation of formal tests; and test preparation programs and hiring discrimination caused by misuse of hiring tests. Finally, the course will also cover advanced assessment of adult literacy using methods such as applications and case studies; planning for work, family and community, including transition to post-secondary education career and vocational preparation; and use of formal testing for the GED, college admission, and other educational and vocational programs.

Special information

Prerequisite: Admission to the Adult Basic Education Certificate program.

Learning outcomes


  • Assess and evaluate various aspects of English and functional literacy skills needed for work, family, community and continuing education.
  • Critically evaluate various methods used to formally and informally assess the literacy of adult learners.
  • Evaluate and assess how standardized tests disadvantage underrepresented populations in education and the workplace.