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Employability Competency System (ECS) Reading

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The Employability Competency System is a leading employment-focused reading series developed by CASAS. Use the progress tests (pre- and post) in this essential reading comprehension series to monitor the progress of students in programs with a vocational or career focus. This competency-based series can help you identify the reading skills that your students need as you prepare them to succeed in the workplace.

ECS forms were approved for NRS reporting through June 2014. ECS forms remain a valid measurement instrument and can be used within agencies. However, if agencies need to report data externally for WIOA funding purposes, they should use forms currently approved for NRS reporting.

Delivery Formats

Web-Based Testing (CASAS eTests Online)
Test Booklets

Scoring Options

CASAS eTests
TOPSpro Software
Manual Scoring (answer keys are included in Test Administration Manuals)

Advantages and Benefits

  • Four levels of pre- and post-tests, from Level A (beginning literacy) to Level D (adult secondary level)
  • Directly targets SCANS Competencies
  • Tests administered on CASAS eTests or with test booklets
  • Tests easy to administer, score, and interpret
  • Test questions powerfully relevant to the world of work for today's incumbent and future workers

Test Specifics

ECS assessments correlate to CASAS Competencies and to CASAS Content Standards. Use student test results to help target employment-focused literacy instruction.

Students have up to one hour to complete their test.

Employability Competency System (ECS)
Number of
Test Items
A Form 11 25
A Form 12 25
B Form 13 34
B Form 14 34
B Form 114 34
C Form 15 38
C Form 16 38
C Form 116 38
D Form 17 30
D Form 18 30

Resources and Training

Use the QuickSearch Online database to determine instructional resources by assessment series, skill area, program type, CASAS competency, publication title and by publisher.

CASAS offers self-paced online Implementation Training at no cost. If you have not yet completed Implementation Training, you'll need to do so prior to ordering the ECS Reading series.


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