[Assessment 1349] Re: TABE CLAS-E

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Ann Beck ABeck at LVCCReads.org
Thu Jun 26 14:37:08 EDT 2008

Our organization participated in the field testing of the TABE CLAS-E. We
like lots of it and I have not seen the final version, but two things came
up during our testing. First, it was too difficult for many of our entry
level learners. Second, it was extremely time consuming to do all the skill
sub-tests. We do not use any standardized tests in our program because we
can't afford them and most of our teaching is done one-to-one by trained
volunteers. The TABE CLAS-E was attractive though.
Ann Beck
The Literacy Center
Flagstaff, AZ


From: assessment-bounces at nifl.gov [mailto:assessment-bounces at nifl.gov] On
Behalf Of Anderson, Philip
Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 7:54 AM
To: The Assessment Discussion List
Subject: [Assessment 1348] TABE CLAS-E

To: Assessment Listserv Community:

You probably are aware that the new assessment for adult English language
learners published by McGraw Hill, called TABE CLAS-E (Test of Adult Basic
Education, Complete Language Assessment - English) has recently been
approved for use the USDOE for purposes of reporting to the National
Reporting System.

In Florida, we are reviewing the test for adoption by our state board of
education as an approved assessment for our adult ELL programs. We will be
convening a group of practitioners familiar with adult ELL assessment from
around the state as an advisory group to make recommendations to the state.
If the state adds this test to its list of approved assessments for
reporting purposes, it may also specify which skills the programs should
test the students in (reading, writing, listening, and speaking), since the
test offers these options.

It would be interesting to hear about the experiences of programs that have
begun to use it. Of course, comments from anyone who has knowledge of the
test itself, but may not be using it in a program setting, are welcome as

Philip Anderson

Adult ESOL Program Specialist

Division of Workforce Education

Florida Department of Education

Tel (850) 245-9450

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