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Level L Test Administrators & those new to TABE will need to attend a face-to-face SABES training in order to be trained and certified to administer the TABE Levels L through A.
Please contact the SABES Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator in your region for more information.
Please have these materials in hand before continuing with this PPT:
TABE 9/10 Norms Book
TABE 9/10 Locator Directions
TABE 9/10 Complete Battery Test
MA DESE TABE Policy Manual (revised)
Paper and a Writing Instrument
History/Background of Using TABE in Massachusetts ABE Programs
Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE)
One of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s required assessments of educational gain for adult learners in ABE/GED classes .
“ Norm referenced"
The "norms" were developed through testing a group of adults that reflect the characteristics of the national adult population.
TABE is designed to give a common measure of students' performance. The tests were developed under certain standard conditions, such as time limits, and must be administered in these same conditions in order to be valid and comparable.
In the 1990s Massachusetts begins development of ABE Framework Standards (separate from MA K-12’s). Seven ABE Frameworks developed: Math, ELA, ESOL, History, Health, Science, Common Chapters. 2002 : A state group of directors and others select the TABE (until the MAPT can be developed), Best Plus and REEP as standardized assessments to be used statewide. These were chosen because they best aligned with ABE Curriculum Framework Standards. 2005: Math, ELA, ESOL finalized; these 3 also contain Benchmarks to help explain levels of skills. 2006 : MAPT rolled out (with a lot of help from practitioners from the beginning). The test items are directly related to Framework Benchmarks from Math and Reading Strand of ELA Frameworks. Massachusetts' work towards aligning curriculum, instruction and assessment using the ABE Frameworks:
History of TABE
TABE 1 & 2 1964
TABE 3 & 4 1974-1975
TABE 5 & 6 1983
TABE 7 & 8 1994
T ABE 9 & 10 2003-2004
TABE Changes from 7/8 to 9/10
except for a few additions and revisions….
Mathematics content area added to Level L (although we are only using Reading)
“ Order of Operations” content added to Mathematics Computation
“ Statistics and Probability” content added to Applied Mathematics and objectives revised
Basic Structure is the Same
9/10’s Updated Content
Measuring three types of literacy needed for today’s jobs:
PROSE LITERACY —reading and understanding
DOCUMENT LITERACY —understanding content
of common documents
QUANTITATIVE LITERACY —merging knowledge
of numerical and word content
Grounded in Basic Skills & Higher Order Thinking Skills
Assessing for everyday basic literacy demands AND cognitive complexity
Literacy Level expanded
Aligned with the 2003 NALS Report to the Nation on Adult Literacy Performance
Higher level content matches the GED
Grade Level Range Changes TABE Locator
Other Differences with 9/10
Administration and Scoring:
TABE PC & TABE Online (with diagnostic reports; Optional)
Accommodations materials (Accommodations Guide, large print edition, audiotapes, Braille)
New Answer Sheets (from 1 page to 2 pages)
Who Should Use the TABE?
Should my program be using TABE? PROGRAM TO USE ASSESSMENT TO USE SKILLS TESTED ABE programs for Incarcerated Adults Reading, Math or Writing ABE Workplace Education programs with no access to computers TABE 9/10, Complete Battery, Levels E, M, D, A Reading, Math or Writing ABE Programs with learners that have students with writing as a goal* (*Language Subtest only) Writing ABE Programs with learners below GLE 2 TABE 9/10, Complete Battery, Levels L (Reading only) Reading
Who should be tested using the TABE 9/10? STUDENT POPULATION TABE COMPLETE BATTERY TEST/SUBTEST TO USE Reading Applied Math Math Computation Language (Writing) All ABE Students at GLE 0-1.9 Level X ABE Students with Writing as a Goal X All Students in ABE Programs for Incarcerated Adults & Workplace Education Programs X X X X
Who should NOT be tested with TABE?
ABE Students at GLE 2.0 + being
tested in Reading & Math
Students in ESOL classes
Administering the TABE
Pre- and Post- Testing
Pre-test within the first 2 - 4 weeks of class
Recommended to p ost-test after 4 months or
65 hours of instruction, whichever comes
Do NOT test learners more than three times
in a fiscal year
The Sub-test (Reading, Math, Language)
for the pre-test MUST remain the same for
Pre- and Post- Testing (cont.)
Learners pre-testing at a score 596 and above in Reading , 595 and above in total Math (that’s both Math scores combined), and 586 and above in Language , place into the (NRS) High ASE level
These learners are excluded from the program performance standard pre/post test %
These learners are NOT required to complete a post-test in their primary assessment area
Which Tests Should I Use? TABE Locator TABE Levels L (Literacy) E (Easy) M (Medium) D (Difficult) A (Advanced)
Before Administering the TABE
Must read the TABE Test Directions Booklet pp. 1-5, 10-13, and 15-16 for Guidance on:
Test Materials Needed
Planning the Testing Schedule
Organizing the Testing Area
Using Standard Testing Procedures
Tests must be administered as directed in the TABE Directions booklet.
Test Administrators must read scripts exactly as provided in the Test Directions booklet.
Schedule testing breaks when total testing time will exceed 60 minutes.
The ultimate responsibility for appropriate test use and interpretation rests with you.
Before Administering, cont’d.
Start with the Locator… TABE Locator
You must use the Locator score to determine what level of test to give students next.
Locator Test Times * Students may NOT be allowed to continue past this time limit, unless accommodations are permitted.
Locator Test Times & Item Counts TEST FORMS 9/10 (37 minutes, 40 items total) FORMS 7/8 Reading 12 minutes 12 items 18 minutes 17 items Math Computation Applied 5 minutes 8 items 8 minutes 8 items 16 minutes 18 items Language 12 minutes 12 items 15 minutes 15 items
Locator Test Analysis After scoring a student’s Locator test, use the chart from the TABE Complete Battery Test Directions Booklet to assign the proper TABE Level Complete Battery test. *Note that Locator test results may place the student in different level tests within subject areas.
On Locator cut points…
The Locator test is built to measure a wide range of
ability with a limited number of questions.
The information from the locator test about a
student’s level is a very rough estimate .
Therefore, the cut points are guidelines & should
be used along with any knowledge of the
examinee's previous test performance to help
determine placement in TABE levels.
Administer the Appropriate Complete Battery Subtest(s) TABE Locator
Complete Battery Test Times * Students may NOT be allowed to continue past the time limits of the individual tests, unless accommodations are permitted.
Complete Battery Test Times & Item Counts *no changes in 9/10 TEST FORMS 9/10 FORMS 7/8 Reading 50 minutes 50 items 50 minutes 50 items Math Computation Applied 24 minutes 40 items 50 minutes 50 items 24 minutes 40 items 50 minutes 50 items Language 55 minutes 55 items 55 minutes 55 items
Scoring & Reporting TABE Test Results
Scoring Specifics (non-Math)
Total the numbers of correct (NC) items on the test.
In the Norms Book , locate the appropriate Norms Table for the level of the Test you are scoring for Reading, Math Computation, Applied Math and/or Language.
Convert the NC score to its corresponding scale score.
Record the scale score in SMARTT .
Math Scoring Specifics (1)
Math Computation and Applied Math have separate NC scores, which must be combined into a single Scale Score and GE.
Determine the Number-Correct scores separately for Math Computation and Applied Math tests.
Go to the appropriate level and form (9 or 10) in the Norms Book and locate the set of tables used to determine Total Math scale scores
Level E = Table 11 or 78
Level M = Table 19 or 86
Level D = Table 27 or 94
Level A = Table 35 or 102
Math Scoring Specifics (2)
The combined Scale Score and GE are at the intersection of the row and column – e.g., Applied Level A Math NC of 34 and Mathematics Computation NC of 8 yields combined Scale Score of 521 and a GE of 6.6:
“ Meaningful” Educational Gain
Scale score points will be determined in the spring of 2011, after there is test data to analyze
Using Results from TABE Effectively
Policy on Competency with TABE 9/10
In order to be eligible to administer, score and report on the TABE 9/10 Levels E, M, D and A in Massachusetts DESE funded programs, practitioners must:
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Pass an “open-book” Final Test at 85% or better that follows this presentation
A certificate of competency will be issued once the final test is completed successfully.
The updated DESE policy on TABE will be available shortly here: http://www.doe.mass.edu/acls/assessment/
For questions on this presentation or the final test, please contact Nancy Sheridan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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