, Volume 47, Issue 3, pp 229–243 | Cite as

Two reading assessments for youth in alternative basic skills and livelihood skills training programs

  • John P. ComingsEmail author
  • John Strucker
  • Brenda Bell
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This article describes two assessment tools that have been used to assess the reading skills of youth participating in alternative basic skills and livelihood skills training programs. The Rapid Assessment of Reading Skills (RARS) was developed to identify potential participants who needed to improve their reading skills before beginning training and to assign them to the proper level of basic reading instruction. The Out-of-School Literacy Assessment incorporates RARS into a more complex impact evaluation tool. Both assessment tools can also be used to inform program design, define benchmarks, and assess impact.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.World EducationBostonUSA
  2. 2.Education Development CenterWalthamUSA

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