Helping All Youth Read
International efforts to promote literacy development for young adult readers are increasing, yet tools for assessing basic literacy lag behind. EDC has developed the Out-of-School Youth Literacy Assessment (OLA) to measure literacy skills of older youth and young adults, particularly those who are living in extreme poverty or post-conflict environments and with minimal literacy acquisition.
OLA is a reading assessment administered one-on-one to youth and adults. A written assessment is currently under development. The assessment builds on reading research and best practices in evidence-based adult literacy instruction and assessment and incorporates real-life reading items, which document the functional literacy skills that youth and adults may have acquired without formal literacy instruction.
OLA is available in both paper and electronic formats. The electronic OLA (eOLA) is available for use on laptops and tablets. It allows real-time data management and monitoring of data quality, and leads to more efficient data analysis and dissemination of findings.