Community College and Workforce Development

Adult Basic Skills (ABS) Policies, Training, Standards, Groups and Resources

TOPS Procedures

NEW! ABS Policy Ma​nual effective July 1, 2018

​​2018-19 Program Planning and Reporting

​​​​​​2018-19 Program Planning Documents
2018-19 Financial Reporting Documents
2019-20 Program Planning

Professional Development

Professional development for ABS faculty, staff and administrators is available on a local, state and national level.

Links to a wide variety of resources, including LINCS, GED , CLASP, and EL/Civics resources are included in the policy manual

Learning Standards 

The Oregon Adult Learning Standards (OALS) frameworks are aligned with the National College and Career Readiness Standards, and form the backbone of ABS instruction in Oregon Adult Basic Skills classes.

The versions posted here contain the latest revisions to the OALS.  They are in final draft form for program year 2017-18.

Oregon Council for Adult Basic Skills Development (OCABSD)

The Oregon Council for Adult Basic Skills Development (OCABSD) leads and advocates for integrated 21st century, quality basic skills programs which prepare adult learners to be college and career ready and to transition into further education or the workforce. OCABSD works collaboratively with the CCWD to guide and support adult basic skills programs in Oregon.

ABS Accountability and A​ssessment

Assessment includes the standardized tests approved by the National Reporting System for identifying skills and measuring the progress of Oregon Adult Basic Skills learners. Assessment is one element of state and program accountability which also includes data collected and used for reporting, performance management, and program improvement.  

​Software Programs for Distance Learning Currently Approved for Use in Oregon

​The following is a list of curriculum and learning management systems that enable programs to track student on-task activity and calculate contact hours accurately (e.g. for assessment purposes) as required by Oregon WIOA Title II policy. Please note that this list is subject to revision and will be updated as appropriate.  If you would like approval to use a different software program for distance learning, please contact Helen Dunford (

  • ​​Skills Tutor
  • Canvas
  • Blackboard
  • Moodle