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Instructors of Beginning Adult Basic Education (ABE) should not hesitate to consider low-level literacy assessment options available such as the CASAS POWER Assessment for students at the pre-literacy or pre-reading stage of learning. Many of the competencies assessed on these assessments are already being taught as part of the contextualized beginning literacy curriculum.
The assessment items offer multiple opportunities to demonstrate interaction and communication skills through formative assessments already occurring in classrooms. Teaching of competencies and underlying content standards on assessments such as the POWER Assessment is an enabler to advancing upward toward the beginning literacy level.