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Administering & scoring tabe 9 10

  1. 1. Administering & Scoring TABE 9/10: Transitioning from Forms 7/8 to 9/10 July 2010 SABES is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
  2. 2. Course Learning Objectives: <ul><li>Understand the basics and importance of standardized testing. </li></ul><ul><li>Administer, score and interpret the TABE 9/10 Locator and Levels E through A appropriately, accurately, and consistently. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the differences between Forms 7/8 and 9/10. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Level L (Literacy) & New Administrators: <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Please contact the SABES Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator in your region for more information. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  4. 4. Please have these materials in hand before continuing with this PPT: <ul><li>TABE 9/10 Norms Book </li></ul><ul><li>TABE 9/10 Locator Directions </li></ul><ul><li>TABE 9/10 Complete Battery Test </li></ul><ul><li>Directions Booklet </li></ul><ul><li>MA DESE TABE Policy Manual (revised) </li></ul><ul><li>Paper and a Writing Instrument </li></ul>
  5. 5. History/Background of Using TABE in Massachusetts ABE Programs
  6. 6. <ul><li>Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s required assessments of educational gain for adult learners in ABE/GED classes . </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Norm referenced&quot; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The &quot;norms&quot; were developed through testing a group of adults that reflect the characteristics of the national adult population. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Standardized&quot; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. 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:
  8. 8. History of TABE <ul><li>TABE 1 & 2 1964 </li></ul><ul><li>TABE 3 & 4 1974-1975 </li></ul><ul><li>TABE 5 & 6 1983 </li></ul><ul><li>TABE 7 & 8 1994 </li></ul><ul><li>T ABE 9 & 10 2003-2004 </li></ul>
  9. 9. TABE Changes from 7/8 to 9/10
  10. 10. except for a few additions and revisions…. <ul><li>Mathematics content area added to Level L (although we are only using Reading) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Order of Operations” content added to Mathematics Computation </li></ul><ul><li>“ Statistics and Probability” content added to Applied Mathematics and objectives revised </li></ul>Basic Structure is the Same
  11. 11. 9/10’s Updated Content <ul><li>Measuring three types of literacy needed for today’s jobs: </li></ul><ul><li>PROSE LITERACY —reading and understanding </li></ul><ul><li>written text </li></ul><ul><li>DOCUMENT LITERACY —understanding content </li></ul><ul><li>of common documents </li></ul><ul><li>QUANTITATIVE LITERACY —merging knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>of numerical and word content </li></ul>
  12. 12. Grounded in Basic Skills & Higher Order Thinking Skills <ul><li>Assessing for everyday basic literacy demands AND cognitive complexity </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy Level expanded </li></ul><ul><li>Aligned with the 2003 NALS Report to the Nation on Adult Literacy Performance </li></ul><ul><li>Higher level content matches the GED </li></ul>
  13. 13. Grade Level Range Changes TABE Locator
  14. 14. Other Differences with 9/10 <ul><li>Administration and Scoring: </li></ul><ul><li>TABE PC & TABE Online (with diagnostic reports; Optional) </li></ul><ul><li>Accommodations materials (Accommodations Guide, large print edition, audiotapes, Braille) </li></ul><ul><li>New Answer Sheets (from 1 page to 2 pages) </li></ul>
  15. 15. Who Should Use the TABE?
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. 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
  18. 18. <ul><li>Who should NOT be tested with TABE? </li></ul><ul><li>ABE Students at GLE 2.0 + being </li></ul><ul><li>tested in Reading & Math </li></ul><ul><li>Students in ESOL classes </li></ul>
  19. 19. Administering the TABE
  20. 20. Pre- and Post- Testing <ul><li>Pre-test within the first 2 - 4 weeks of class </li></ul><ul><li>Recommended to p ost-test after 4 months or </li></ul><ul><li>65 hours of instruction, whichever comes </li></ul><ul><li>first </li></ul><ul><li>Do NOT test learners more than three times </li></ul><ul><li>in a fiscal year </li></ul><ul><li>The Sub-test (Reading, Math, Language) </li></ul><ul><li>for the pre-test MUST remain the same for </li></ul><ul><li>the post-test </li></ul>
  21. 21. Pre- and Post- Testing (cont.) <ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>These learners are excluded from the program performance standard pre/post test % </li></ul><ul><li>These learners are NOT required to complete a post-test in their primary assessment area </li></ul>
  22. 22. Which Tests Should I Use? TABE Locator TABE Levels L (Literacy) E (Easy) M (Medium) D (Difficult) A (Advanced)
  23. 23. Before Administering the TABE <ul><li>Must read the TABE Test Directions Booklet pp. 1-5, 10-13, and 15-16 for Guidance on: </li></ul><ul><li>Test Materials Needed </li></ul><ul><li>Planning the Testing Schedule </li></ul><ul><li>Organizing the Testing Area </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing Students </li></ul><ul><li>Using Standard Testing Procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Accommodations </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>Tests must be administered as directed in the TABE Directions booklet. </li></ul><ul><li>Test Administrators must read scripts exactly as provided in the Test Directions booklet. </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule testing breaks when total testing time will exceed 60 minutes. </li></ul><ul><li>The ultimate responsibility for appropriate test use and interpretation rests with you. </li></ul>Before Administering, cont’d.
  25. 25. Start with the Locator… TABE Locator <ul><li>You must use the Locator score to determine what level of test to give students next. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Locator Test Times * Students may NOT be allowed to continue past this time limit, unless accommodations are permitted.
  27. 27. 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
  28. 28. 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.
  29. 29. On Locator cut points… <ul><li>The Locator test is built to measure a wide range of </li></ul><ul><li>ability with a limited number of questions. </li></ul><ul><li>The information from the locator test about a </li></ul><ul><li>student’s level is a very rough estimate . </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore, the cut points are guidelines & should </li></ul><ul><li>be used along with any knowledge of the </li></ul><ul><li>examinee's previous test performance to help </li></ul><ul><li>determine placement in TABE levels. </li></ul>
  30. 30. Administer the Appropriate Complete Battery Subtest(s) TABE Locator
  31. 31. Complete Battery Test Times * Students may NOT be allowed to continue past the time limits of the individual tests, unless accommodations are permitted.
  32. 32. 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
  33. 33. Scoring & Reporting TABE Test Results
  34. 34. Scoring Specifics (non-Math) <ul><li>Total the numbers of correct (NC) items on the test. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Convert the NC score to its corresponding scale score. </li></ul><ul><li>Record the scale score in SMARTT . </li></ul>
  35. 35. Math Scoring Specifics (1) <ul><li>Math Computation and Applied Math have separate NC scores, which must be combined into a single Scale Score and GE. </li></ul><ul><li>Determine the Number-Correct scores separately for Math Computation and Applied Math tests. </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Level E = Table 11 or 78 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Level M = Table 19 or 86 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Level D = Table 27 or 94 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Level A = Table 35 or 102 </li></ul></ul>
  36. 36. Math Scoring Specifics (2) <ul><li>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: </li></ul>
  37. 37. “ Meaningful” Educational Gain <ul><li>Scale score points will be determined in the spring of 2011, after there is test data to analyze </li></ul>
  38. 38. Using Results from TABE Effectively
  39. 39. Policy on Competency with TABE 9/10 <ul><li>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: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>View & listen to this presentation in its entirety </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pass an “open-book” Final Test at 85% or better that follows this presentation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A certificate of competency will be issued once the final test is completed successfully. </li></ul><ul><li>The updated DESE policy on TABE will be available shortly here: </li></ul><ul><li>For questions on this presentation or the final test, please contact Nancy Sheridan ( </li></ul>
  40. 40. You’ve come to the end of the PowerPoint Activity <ul><li>Your next step is to take the short test, which is located in the Moodle course. </li></ul><ul><li>Please go back to the Moodle course and take the test. </li></ul><ul><li>You will have one attempt at the test. </li></ul>