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CASAS Basic Skills Content Standards

The standards help instructors identify the underlying basic and academic skills embedded in CASAS Competencies. These standards contain clearly stated detailed statements leveled according to NRS Educational Functioning Levels. The standards are also related to the items in our various test series. The statements are divided into easy-to-use categories. Aligning CASAS Competencies and Assessments to Basic Skill Content Standards get adobe reader provides a full description of the reading and listening content standards.

Basic Skills Content Standards by Skill Area

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CASAS Reading Standards 2016 Second EditionPDF1.10 MB Download
Reading Content Standards (2009)PDF316.88 KB Download
Math Content StandardsPDF168.46 KB Download
Listening Content StandardsPDF33.05 KB Download
Writing Content StandardsPDF63.11 KB Download
Speaking Content StandardsPDF51.14 KB Download

 

CASAS Reading Standards (2016) Second Edition

In 2019, CASAS updated the CASAS Reading Standards (2016) and re-named them CASAS Reading Standards (2016) Second Edition. The document, CASAS Reading Standards (2016) Second Edition, shows how the standards align with the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (2013) and the NRS Educational Functioning Levels for ABE (2016) and ESL (2018).

Reading Content Standards 2009 correspondence to CASAS Reading Standards 2016 Second Edition.

Tools for Instructors

The Reading GOALS test series and the Life and Work Reading test series are based on practitioner task force recommendations and alignment with basic skill competency and content standards. TOPSpro Enterprise provides several individual student and class reports that identify underlying basic skills in reading, math, and listening for each competency assessed. These reports help instructors target appropriate instruction based on both competencies and associated basic skill content standards.

  • Basic Skills Content Standards by Test Item Correlations provide information about the basic skills content standards contained in each test form.
  • Student Performance by Content Standard documents correlate CASAS test items to CASAS Basic Skills Content Standards.
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Math GOALS - Basic Skills Content Standards by FormPDF363.83 KB Download
Reading GOALS-Basic Skills Content Standards by FormPDF344.34 KB Download
Life Skills Beginning Literacy Reading - Basic Skills Content Standards (2009) by FormPDF272.45 KB Download
Life and Work Reading - Basic Skills Content Standards (2009) by FormPDF532.69 KB Download
Employability Competency System Math - Basic Skills Content Standards by FormPDF288.67 KB Download
Employability Competency System Reading - Basic Skills Content Standards by FormPDF496.98 KB Download
Life and Work Listening 80 series - Basic Skills Content Standards by FormPDF381.28 KB Download
Life and Work Listening 980 Series - Basic Skills Content Standards by FormPDF447.81 KB Download
Life Skills Math 30 Series – Basic Skills Content Standards by FormPDF359.89 KB Download
Secondary Level Assessment Math - Basic Skills Content Standards by FormPDF270.19 KB Download
Secondary Level Assessment Reading - Basic Skills Content Standards by FormPDF466.71 KB Download

 

  • Content Standards Worksheets help teachers prioritize Competencies and Content Standards for classroom instruction.
    • Reading Basic Skills Content Standards (2009) Worksheets
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Reading Level A WorksheetPDF122.72 KB Download
Reading Level B WorksheetPDF126.15 KB Download
Reading Level C WorksheetPDF113.55 KB Download
Reading Levels D and E WorksheetPDF125.87 KB Download

 

    • Listening Basic Skills Content Standards Worksheets
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Listening Level A WorksheetPDF109.30 KB Download
Listening Level B WorksheetPDF109.23 KB Download
Listening Levels C and D WorksheetPDF106.20 KB Download

 

Development and History

Since 1980, CASAS has focused on teaching and assessing basic skills in contexts relevant to adults. CASAS has developed and continues to refine a highly formalized hierarchy of competencies, the application of skills that adults need to be functional and productive members of society.

At the request of the CASAS National Consortium, representing numerous states, CASAS developed content standards as a formal part of the system. This enhancement assists teachers in more fully integrating content standards and competencies in instruction.

The content standards are clear statements leveled according to NRS Educational Functioning Levels and are related to CASAS test items in many test series. The statements are divided into categories to assist in navigating through the standards.

This National Consortium project was coordinated with the assistance of a thirteen-state technical workgroup. The process included a review of existing state adult education content standards for California, New York, Massachusetts, Arizona, Maryland, and Florida, as well as other national and state standards documents. The workgroup used this information to begin development and pilot testing of content standards. The standards are correlated to CASAS performance levels, the National Reporting System, and aligned to CASAS Competencies and tests.

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