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Workforce Learning Systems (WLS) Reading

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A competitive economy demands workers with strong reading skills — workers who can contribute to company success. Workforce Learning Systems is the tool that pinpoints the reading skills employees must have for today's jobs and tomorrow's company growth.

Use the progress tests (pre- and post) in this targeted reading comprehension series to determine each worker's mastery of essential reading skills.

WLS forms were approved for NRS reporting through June 2014. WLS 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

Test Specifics

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

Students have up to one hour to complete their test.

Workforce Learning Systems (WLS) Reading
Number of
Test Items
A Form 11 25
A Form 12 25
B Form 213 34
B Form 214 34
C Form 215 36
C Form 216 36
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 CASAS Implementation Training at no cost. If you have not yet completed CASAS Implementation Training, you'll need to do so prior to ordering the WLS Reading series.


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