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List discussion regarding assessments,

  Here's what I feel is needed with the TABE and all assessments to better
facilitate instruction both as a group and as individual instruction.
  Each question should be keyed to a specific skill that that question is
trying to measure, and that skill or skills could be listed in numerical
order so that if a student missed question number 7 in TABE 7- M Language
you would know that they may need to review the correct "use of pronouns"
or "commas in a series" or whatever.
    The TABE gives a correlation chart but it is too general and not
formatted for easy information retrieval.
I made up my own for all of the TABE tests and all of the GED Practice
tests. I am not teaching to the test but rather teaching the skills that
that student missed.
   What is lacking in the TABE(which most ABLE programs use) is that grade
level scores do not indicate when the student is ready to take the GED
Practice test. This is why I use skills to measure when a student should
take the GED Practice test and not TABE scores. I have had some students
with a grade level score in Language of 5.2 take the GED Practice test and
pass it and go on to take the Official GED test and pass that also with
high scores. As of February's testing, our program has 67 graduates with 42
of them having scores of over 500, and we have 2 with scores over 700. This
systems works for us.

Kathy Hennessy
ABLE Coordinator
Lima City Schools



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