Effective date: January 1, 2019
All Youth Program participants must receive an objective assessment of their:
The career planner does not need to complete the entire objective assessment if it is appropriate to use a recent objective assessment developed under another education or training program.2 In this context, DWD-DET defines "recent" as having been completed within the previous six months.3
Note: There may be instances where, during the previous six months, a youth completed one or more components of the objective assessment that was administered by another education or training program or a licensed medical provider but does not have a comprehensive objective assessment that satisfies WIOA's requirements. In this case, DWD-DET encourages the career planner to use those components that have been completed and focus WIOA resources on the components that still need to be completed.
The local WDB must use formalized assessment instruments that are valid, reliable, and appropriate for the target population when assessing basic English reading, writing, and math skills.4 The test administrator must be qualified to administer the assessment.5 The formalized test should also be cost effective and easy to administer with results that are easy to interpret.6 The local WDB may, but is not required to, use assessments approved for use in the Department of Education's National Reporting System (NRS).7 Likewise, the local WDB is not required to determine an individual's grade level equivalent or educational functioning level (EFL), though these assessments may be used.8 The local WDB must also provide individuals with disabilities reasonable accommodations in the assessment process if needed.9
WIOA Youth Program funds may be used towards costs associated with assessing an individual's basic skill level for an eligibility determination, even though the individual is not yet a program participant.10 The local WDB may also use results from a previous basic skills assessment if the assessment was performed within the past six months.11
Career-related assessments help youth understand how their interests, values, preferences, motivations, aptitudes, and skills affect their potential success and satisfaction with different career options and work environments.12 Multiple assessment tools may be necessary to meet the needs of an individual and address the required components of the objective assessment.13 Youth with disabilities may benefit from less formalized assessments14 and may need information on benefits planning, workplace supports, and accommodations.15 Career-related assessments may be provided by WIOA Youth Program staff or through referrals to national and community-based partners and resources.16