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Date: Fri Jun 24 2005 - 18:34:46 EDT

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On 6/24/05 12:00 PM, "" <> wrote:

> Alan,
> Would you describe the CASAS for me?
> Thanks.
> Andrea


I feel obligated to state my bias up front. I have been a member of the
CASAS National Consortium for a number of years and have watched it evolve
and adapt to the assessment needs of its users. So I speak about CASAS as a
believer and an advocate.

CASAS (Comprehensive adult Student Assessment System) was formed in 1980 by
a consortium of California programs, adult educators and members of the
California Department of Education (all of this history is available on the
casas web site (

Essentially, CASAS designs assessment instruments based upon the needs of
the field in Adult Education, Developmental Disabilities, Correctional
Education, ESOL among others.

CASAS is a system that attempts to link assessment with instruction with
appropriate resources. It is not a curriculum but a way to assess the skills
of adults to perform real life tasks. I see it as a strength model not a
weakness model since CASAS is looking at how adults use the skills they all
ready have to perform a given series of competencies.

CASAS has over 140 assessment instruments in its catalog. Certainly the most
often used would be the Life Skill and Work Series, ESL Listening series and
the Employability Competency Series.

Because CASAS is driven by its consortium to provide field based adult
assessments, and operates as a non profit, only those assessment needs that
meet the highest priority ranking of the consortium make it into

I won't go into test psychometrics but CASAS uses a scale score approach to
reporting results.

There is much more about CASAS than I can describe here.


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