How to Find CASAS Content

Locating CASAS Materials

Does your program use CASAS (Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System) to measure student achievement? Do your students’ pretest scores drive your curriculum? Is your class struggling with a particular CASAS competency? If so, ESL Library is here to help!

We have recently introduced tagging for materials that match up to CASAS competencies so that you can easily find them. Using our new filter, simply type in the specific competency that your students need work on in the Search bar and a list of related lessons and resources will pop up if there is content available. For example, if the majority of your students missed test items pertaining to CASAS Competency 0.1.4 (greetings, introductions, thanking, and apologizing), you can type in that tag number and your search will currently produce 12 results. (We are always adding new material, so continue checking back.) It’s that easy!

Screenshot of search results on ESL Library for CASAS Competency 0.1.4

Background on CASAS

For teachers unfamiliar with CASAS, this assessment system is widely used in adult ESL programs in the United States. Schools can choose to administer a reading test, a listening test, or both for placement purposes and for measuring student progress. Because post‑test results are often a factor in determining program funding, the stakes can be quite high for all involved—administrators, instructors, and test‑takers. Fortunately, ESL Library can help prepare students for the post‑test and alleviate some of the stress related to the process.

CASAS Competencies

Similar to programs funded by the Canadian government, the CASAS competencies in the US focus on essential life skills in the areas of community, family, and the workforce with nine content areas. ESL Library's Lesson Collections feature most of these themes, and we add new content each week based on teacher requests. You'll also find some Lesson Sections (or categories within the sections) that focus on CASAS competencies. Within each collection and section, you can filter by level to find appropriate material. Here are some links to help you find appropriate materials more easily. We also recommend using our Search tool, which will quickly help you find the lesson, resource, or flashcard set you need.

0. Basic Communication

Search terms for 0.1–0.2.4: "communication," "gestures," "greetings," "adjectives," "polite," "personal information," "daily routines," "leisure," "clarification," "request," "social," "agreeing and disagreeing," "instructions," "persuade," "advise," "emotions"

1. Consumer Economics

Search terms for 1.1–1.9.9: "consumer," "economics,"money," "recipe," "shopping," "finances," "housing," "food," "rental," "insurance," "banking," "receipts," "measurement"

2. Community Resources

Search terms for 2.1–2.8.9: "community," "telephone," "communication," schedules," "transportation," "travel," "time," "mail," "driving," "currency," "emergency," "weather"

3. Health

Search terms for 3.1–3.6.9: "health," "health care," "body" "dentist," "doctor," "insurance," "prescription," "immunization," "food," "labels, "aging," "pregnancy," "mental health," "appointment"

4. Employment

Search terms for 4.1–4.9.4: "work," "employment," "jobs" "workplace," "job ads" "employee," "occupation," "negotiation,"culture," "stereotypes," "gender," "feedback," "problem solving," "safety"

5. Government and Law

Search terms for 5.1–5.8.3: "law," "government," "US," "American," "politics," "American history," "voting," "civil rights," "citizenship," "geography," "crime," "science," "ethics," "economics"

6. Math

Search terms for 6.1–6.9.2: "math," "numbers," "numeracy," "measurement," "percentage," "fractions," "statistics," "graphic organizer," "graph" 

7. Learning and Thinking Skills

Search terms for 7.1–7.76: "goal-setting," "compare," "contrast," "critical thinking," "media," "technology," "opinion," "stress," "dictionary," "summary," "Internet"  

8. Independent Living

Search terms for 8.1–8.32: "house," "home," "etiquette," "hygiene," "dining," "clothing" 

In the Works

In 2020, ESL Library set up a CASAS committee to better understand the CASAS Standards and Competencies and to determine the needs of English-learning youth and adults in the US. In addition to tagging our content for CASAS competencies, we'll also be surveying our library to determine the gaps that exist. If you have suggestions regarding the CASAS needs of your program, teachers, or students, please contact   

Please don't hesitate to reach out if you need further assistance.

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