Wonderlic General Assessment of Instructional Needs (GAIN)® Assessment Approved by U.S. Department of Education

Wonderlic, Inc., the recognized leader in educational and employment assessments and surveys, today announced that its recently developed General Assessment of Instructional Needs (GAIN) assessment has been approved for all Educational Functioning Levels (EFLs) by the U.S. Department of Education. This means the test can now be used by Adult Basic Education programs funded through the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education, as well as by Workforce Investment Act (WIA) youth programs funded through the U.S. Department of Labor.

GAIN is a basic English and math proficiency assessment designed specifically for adult basic education and youth workforce development programs, and consists of two 45-minute sections. It is taken either online or via pencil and paper, is significantly shorter than other tests, works for all Educational Functioning Levels, and does not require a complicated “locator test” to determine which assessment to administer.

GAIN is a highly valid assessment of a test taker’s educational functioning level (ranging from beginning literacy to high adult secondary education) and helps accurately identify educational needs. The assessment can also be used to track the degree of improvement in each student’s proficiency level.

“The people who administer and teach in adult basic education and youth workforce development programs are passionate about education – not record keeping,” said Ken Silber, Vice President of Education Solutions at Wonderlic. “We’ve given them an assessment that is simple to administer and interpret, accompanied by data management tools that help ensure accuracy and save time. Now teachers can spend their time where it will have the most impact on educational gains – teaching.”

GAIN Features:
• All-in-one test appropriate for all English-speaking young adults and adults
• Does not require a locator test
• Valid for EFLs 1-6
• High-quality, well validated assessment developed by Wonderlic’s highly recognized team of psychologists
• Easy to administer online or via paper
• Automatically scored
• Reduces testing time; completed in 90 minutes or less
• Includes free test administrator certification and training
• Diagnostics reveal instructional needs for each student

Wonderlic has also unveiled an online platform that streamlines scoring and reporting of critical student information. This online student management and tracking system provides visibility into student progress and outcomes.

The online student tracking and scoring platform:

• Tracks and monitors student progress
• Delivers data in a clear, intuitive interface
• Supports data accuracy by automatically capturing and reporting student intake and outcome data
• Allows teachers to launch GAIN and manage test results from any secure computer via the Internet
• Exchanges data with state data management systems

GAIN is available from Wonderlic for all adult basic education and youth workforce development programs. More information can be found at www.everythingtoGAIN.com.

About Wonderlic
Wonderlic, Inc. is the leading provider of on-demand student and employee recruiting, selection and retention solutions that enable schools and employers to optimize their ability to select, place, manage and retain talent. Since 1937, Wonderlic has over 50,000 clients across more than 60 industries and organizations with solutions to help pre-qualify over 150 million students and job candidates. Information on Wonderlic’s solutions, technology and customers can be found online at www.wonderlic.com.

For more information contact:

Bradley Olufs
Director of Adult Basic Education Solutions
Wonderlic, Inc.
1795 N. Butterfield Rd. Ste 200
Libertyville, IL 60048
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