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CASAS Assessments Approved for WIOA/NRS

CASAS is proud to have a wide variety of assessments approved for Measuring Educational Gains (MSGs) for Workforce Innovations Opportunity Act (WIOA) funded agencies. These tests also meet the requirements for reporting in the National Reporting System (NRS) for Adult Education for both ABE and ESL programs.

Note: Locator and Appraisal tests – used to determine the correct pre-test level – do not require approval. Locator/appraisal test results are not used for NRS reporting.

The March 18, 2024, Federal Register extends the use of all tests approved for ESL to June 30, 2025.

The Federal Register August 24, 2023 includes a correction for CASAS Math GOALS 2.

The Federal Register July 13, 2023 includes the announcement of the new test series approved for NRS reporting. It also announces the new dates when current test series expire.

The September 23, 2022, Federal Register combines all the current information published to date in one place. The notice also announces the extension of approval periods for certain tests. 

The table below illustrates which CASAS assessments are approved to measure learning gains for WIOA and NRS reporting purposes. The assessments cover all NRS Educational Functioning Levels (EFLs).

ABE/ASE Learners

Modality Test Series Forms NRS Approval Through June 30, 2024 NRS Approval Through February 5, 2025 NRS Approval Through July, 2030 
Reading Reading GOALS 901R–908R    
Math "NEW" Math GOALS 2


913M, 914M, 917M, 918M ✓   

English Language Learners

Modality Test Series Forms NRS Approval Through June 30, 2025 NRS Approval Through July, 2030
"NEW" Reading STEPS  621R–630R   ✓ 
Beginning Literacy 27–28  
Life and Work 81–188  
Secondary Level Assessment for Language Arts 513–514  
Citizenship 951, 951X–952, 952X  
Listening "NEW" Listening STEPS

Life and Work 980 series

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