Funding requirements for use of the Assessment Tool

Funding requirements for use of the Assessment Tool

Last updated 2 November 2016
Last updated 11/02/2016

We support literacy and numeracy by embedding its teaching in our foundation-level education funding and by providing specific funds that solely focus on developing these skills.

All these funds have specific requirements for the use of our Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool (Assessment Tool) as part of embedding literacy and numeracy.

Your Confirmation of Investment Plan funding letter sets out where using the Assessment Tool is a funding condition.

Different funds require the Assessment Tool to be used in different ways, as follows:

Student Achievement Component and Youth Guarantee

One of the main purposes of foundation learning is to raise the literacy and numeracy skills of learners.

We require all education funded through Student Achievement Component (SAC) at levels 1 to 3 and Youth Guarantee to have embedded literacy and numeracy practices and for learners to be assessed using the Assessment Tool.

The following requirements apply to learners enrolled in level 1 to 3 courses:

  • SAC-funded course(s) that lead to the award of a qualification at level 1 or 2 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) (including NCEA) – except for any exempted te reo and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses, and/or
  • all Youth Guarantee funded course(s) that lead to award of a qualification at any level.

Learners must be assessed in at least reading and numeracy using the Assessment Tool:

  • at the start of their enrolment (unless they have already been assessed within 90 days before enrolment and/or have been previously assessed and presented at step 4 for reading and step 5 for numeracy), and again
  • at the end of their enrolment (unless they have been previously assessed and presented at step 4 for reading and step 5 for numeracy).

NOTE: Learners will only need to be re-assessed in the areas where they have not met the threshold. For example, if a learner presents at step 4 in reading and step 3 in numeracy at the start of their enrolment they will only need to be assessed again for numeracy.

As good practice for other SAC and/or Youth Guarantee funded delivery, we expect that tertiary education organisations (TEOs) similarly assess:

  • learners enrolled in levels 1 to 3 courses that lead to the award of a qualification at level 3 on the NZQF (including NCEA)
  • any learner, regardless of course or qualification level, where the TEO considers that the learner is likely to have reading and numeracy needs.

This approach will help you identify what literacy and numeracy support your learners need and implement the necessary support to enhance teaching and learning to meet those needs.

Industry Training Fund

We support foundation-level training through the Industry Training Fund. Industry training organisations (ITOs) must have embedded literacy and numeracy as part of their training programmes at levels 1 to 3 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF). This includes literacy and numeracy skills development support through New Zealand Apprenticeships if needed.

Visit the Industry Training Fund section.

Industry trainees enrolled in a programme leading to the award of a qualification at levels 1 or 2 must be assessed using the Assessment Tool to identify their:

  • literacy and numeracy needs at the start of their enrolment (unless they have already been assessed within 90 days before enrolment and/or have been previously assessed and presented at step 4 for reading or step 5 for numeracy), and 
  • progress in gaining literacy and/or numeracy skills during, or at completion of, their enrolment (unless they have been previously assessed and presented at step 4 for reading or step 5 for numeracy).

NOTE: Learners will only need to be re-assessed in the areas where they have not met the threshold. For example, if a learner presents at step 4 in reading and step 3 in numeracy at the start of their enrolment they will only need to be assessed again for numeracy.

Intensive Literacy and Numeracy Fund

This fund supports the intensive provision of quality fees-free literacy, language and numeracy learning opportunities for learners with low-level literacy and numeracy skills.

Visit the Intensive Literacy and Numeracy Fund section.

Learners enrolled in an Intensive Literacy and Numeracy (ILN) funded programme must be assessed using the Assessment Tool. This must be in at least reading and numeracy at the start of their enrolment, and again at the end of their enrolment.

For these two funds, TEOs are expected to assess these learners using the Assessment Tool, unless the learner's ability is too low for them to be able to complete an assessment. In such cases, learners must be assessed using the Step Two Threshold Assessment or the Starting Points options in the Assessment Tool. 

Workplace Literacy and Numeracy Fund

This fund supports training programmes that are delivered within the context of workplace learning. The programmes are offered in two ways:

  1. TEO led – tertiary providers who either work with a specific workplace to develop and implement a literacy and numeracy programme tailored to that workplace, or work with self-referred employees on a one-to-one basis or in small groups of up to six employees (from one or more employers). 
  2. Employer led – employers are directly funded to deliver programmes to their eligible staff.

Visit the TEO-led Workplace Literacy and Numeracy Fund section.

Visit the Employer-led Workplace Literacy and Numeracy Fund section.

Learners enrolled in a Workplace Literacy and Numeracy (WLN) funded programme must be assessed using the Assessment Tool. This must be in at least reading and numeracy at the start of their enrolment and again at the end of their enrolment.

For these two funds, TEOs are expected to assess these learners using the Assessment Tool, unless the learner's ability is too low for them to be able to complete an assessment. In such cases, learners must be assessed using the Step Two Threshold Assessment or the Starting Points options in the Assessment Tool. 

Intensive Literacy and Numeracy ESOL Fund

This fund supports fees-free ESOL programmes for adult refugees and migrants who are pre-literate learners or learners who have very low levels of English language and literacy. Pre-literate learners are those whose first language has no written form and who need exposure to the purposes and uses of literacy.

Visit the Intensive Literacy and Numeracy – ESOL Fund section.

Learners enrolled in an ILN ESOL funded programme must be assessed using the Assessment Tool at the start of their enrolment and again at the end of their enrolment. This could include using the Starting Points options in the Assessment Tool, and/or the Step Two Threshold Assessment.