[Assessment 1317] Re: CASAS vs. BEST

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Bryan Woerner bwoerner at cal.org
Fri May 16 14:34:51 EDT 2008

Hello Anthony,

BEST Plus was designed for use with adult English language learners in
the United States.

Adult ESL Assessments
Center for Applied Linguistics


From: assessment-bounces at nifl.gov [mailto:assessment-bounces at nifl.gov]
On Behalf Of Anthony Berry
Sent: Friday, May 16, 2008 8:34 AM
To: The Assessment Discussion List
Subject: [Assessment 1315] Re: CASAS vs. BEST

Could someone please tell me how I an have sight of BEST. I have been
looking for an adaptive, normative, diagnostic test for ages and this
seems as though it might fit the bill.

What flavour of English is it? Yes, you can see that I am of the Queen's
English brigade!

Thanks for any help - btw this would be for research purposes not
productive use.

Anthony Berry


Date: Fri, 16 May 2008 04:34:28 -0700
From: mjjerdems at yahoo.com
To: assessment at nifl.gov
Subject: [Assessment 1314] Re: CASAS vs. BEST

The BEST is great for assessing the learner's production of
English. Its additional pluses are that there are not test forms that
learners can learn it identify and recall easily; the test questions
become harder or easier depending on how the learner's responses are
scored, which mitigates differences between assessors; and it would be
better able to identify small progress than CASAS forms.

The one major downside is that it takes time and more time as
the learners progress. A large program simply cannot afford to put the
hours into testing that BEST Plus requires.

I've used both CASAS and BEST Plus in smaller programs because
one instrument cannot give a full picture on a learner (Assessment 101),
and it maximizes the chance to show improvement at post-test.

Good luck,

Mary Jane Jerde
Howard Community College

"Rodrick Beiler, Ingrid"
<Ingrid.RodrickBeiler at montgomerycountymd.gov> wrote:

Hi everyone
I serve as the coordinator for an adult ESOL program in
Montgomery County, MD. We offer classes mostly at the beginner level,
with some classes at literacy and intermediate levels as well. I am
fairly new to this field and am trying to determine the comparative
usefulness of CASAS and BEST for assessment of our program. Can anyone
comment on how/why their organizations might have chosen one over the
In case it is helpful for understanding my
organization's needs, here is some more background information:
- We serve about 275-300 learners per semester.
- Many of our learners have a very low educational
- Pre- and post-tests are administered by our
instructors during the first and last classes of the semester.
- Placement tests are administered by coordinators at
each of our sites in one-on-one interviews.
- We provide 36-48 instructional hours per semester. (I
wonder if this precludes our using the BEST.)
- Most of our funding comes from two sources (government
and a private funder).
- The cost of standardized assessments is an important
factor to us.
Your advice is much appreciated.
Ingrid Rodrick Beiler
Ingrid Rodrick Beiler
ESOL Coordinator
Linkages to Learning
51 Monroe Street, Suite 1700
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: (240) 777-1110
Fax: (240) 777-1111
ingrid.rodrickbeiler at montgomerycountymd.gov
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