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Learner Assessment and Outcomes

You must assess learner progress because:

  • adults want to know their time is well spent. 
  • funders want to know their money is well spent.
  • you want to know you are achieving your agency's mission.  

You can track learner progress through:

Give a needs assessments before you begin teaching, to identify learner: 

  • background (educational and employment)
  • Interests and goals
  • potential barriers

Learner Needs Assessment Template (English)

Learner Needs Assessment Template (Spanish)

Personal Education Plan Template 1

Personal Education Plan Template 2

Setting Learner Goals

Give diagnostic assessments before you begin teaching, to find out what your learners already knows and can do.  Diagnostic assessments can be as simple as:

  • a Needs Assessment and/or Personal Education Plan
  • verbal or written “get to know you” questions
  • discussing the time and location of future lessons

Give formative assessments periodically during learning to find out what your learners have learned and what you need to review.  For example:

  • question and answer during the lesson 
  • authentic tasks
  • short tests and quizzes
  • homework exercises
  • authentic simulations/ role play

Sample Informal Skills Assessment

Give self-assessments before, during and after teaching to learn about students’ learning styles and perceived abilities/skills.  

Sample Learner Self-assessment