Why does Seeds of Tomorrow use CASAS testing?

Seeds of Tomorrow is one of the few special education providers with staff who are certified and trained in administering CASAS assessments and understanding how they relate to adult education within the District of Columbia. We use the system because it is what students will face when trying to enroll in programs funded by the Department of Employment Services (DOES) and the Office of State Superintendent Education (OSSE), such as Vocational Training and Community College of DC (CCDC). CASAS testing is used by admissions to determine a student’s reading and math functioning levels for readiness to participate in the programs. Unfortunately, attaining the scores necessary to participate in these courses can be a barrier to special education students who want to further their post-secondary training.

Seeds of Tomorrow’s intention is to prepare students to have access to all the educational services they need in order to accomplish their career goals, and being prepared for CASAS testing is a critical step. It is also a good way to determine a student’s functional academic skills in life and employment for transition planning. Following are other key facts about the CASAS assessment system.

  • The District of Columbia OSSE Adult and Family Education Assessment policy uses the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) for monitoring and tracking student progress for all of the programs it serves. It is critical for students with special education needs to be able to succeed in performing these tasks so they can participate in Adult Basic Education (ABE), Workplace Literacy, or Job Training programs that are funded by OSSE.
  • CASAS is the most widely used system for assessing adult basic reading, math, listening, writing, and speaking skills within a functional context. It provides learner-centered curriculum management, assessment, and evaluation systems in educational and training programs. It is used nationwide in ABE/ASE, ESL, workplace literacy, family literacy, employment and training, welfare reform/TANF, citizenship, and correctional programs and meets Workforce Investment Act (WIA) requirements.
  • As the basis for this integrated system, CASAS has identified more than 300 essential skills that adults need in order to function effectively in their roles as parents/family members, workers, and citizens/community members. These competencies have been developed and validated at the state and national levels through field research and recommendations from adult education providers, adult learners, business and industry professionals, and community-based organizations. CASAS competencies correlate with the SCANS competencies, the National External Diploma Program competencies, and the California English as a Second Language (ESL) Model Standards.

For more information on CASAS and its role in OSSE Adult and Family Education Programs, please visit: The Office of the State Superintendent of Education for the District of Columbia.

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