Tools and Resources
Many organizations are riding the ES wave by developing and sharing tools and resources that are proving to be extremely helpful when working with the Essential Skills. New materials are always being added to many of these websites, so be sure to bookmark these sites and visit often.
WEB-BASED SELF-ASSESSMENT TOOLS
ES Indicator Tool
One of the major concerns of literacy practitioners is that the ES levels don't correspond with the standard LBS levels, making it difficult to determine how ES profiles could be used with adult learners with lower skill levels. The Indicator tool, which can be accessed through the ES Toolkit link (www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/workplaceskills/essential_skills/
general/online_indicator.shtml) was developed to help evaluate ES levels by testing skill strengths in Reading, Document Use, and Numeracy from Levels 1 through 3. The content provides a snapshot of the increasingly diverse and complex applications of ES at each subsequent level.
Using the Indicator tool, learners answer a varying number of questions and are provided with an immediate summary of their results. There are three pdf evaluations and one on-line version. Literacy practitioners who are getting their feet wet in Essential Skills are encouraged to run through the ES quizzes themselves.
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