In 2009, IAHLA received funding through the national Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES) for the Better Learner Assessment literacy project. This project, which will span two years, is intended to improve the accuracy and cultural sensitivity of learner academic assessment tools that are used to determine the literacy and essential skill levels of adult learners entering post-secondary institutions.
This research is intended to develop enhanced assessment processes, which will allow adult education providers, including IAHLA member insititutes, to better welcome adult Aboriginal learners and accurately establish their literacy and essential skill levels. By reducing the stress and increasing the accuracy of assessement processes, the project will be of great benefit to education providers and to adult Aboriginal Learners.
Year one (2009-2010) of this project included a literature review and survey of academic assessments currently used to determine the skill levels of learners applying to adult and post-secondary institutes.