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:
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
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.
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: