The commissioner of corrections shall develop an educational assessment to determine the educational status and needs of adults and juveniles in Department of Corrections facilities. The commissioner shall ensure that assessments are conducted on all individuals both upon their admittance and prior to their discharge from a facility. The commissioner shall create a programming plan for individuals on whom an admission assessment was conducted if the individual is admitted to an educational program. The plan must address any special needs identified by the assessment. The commissioner shall also determine methods to measure the educational progress of individuals during their stay at a facility.