[Assessment 1449] Re: TABE CLAS-E

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Burger, Karen kburger at cville.k12.in.us
Sat Nov 1 03:26:16 EDT 2008

Although I have not yet looked into the TABE CLAS-E, I find it interesting that your state is looking at ESOL testing with regard to how to level learners and which skill areas must be assessed. Our state policy allows for some flexibility in this for the following reasons. First, if it is a workplace project, and the employer is requesting instruction in a specific skill area, then that is the area assessed and used for leveling the learner. Also, some of our programs are very small, have limit resources, staff, space and materials. This can make it difficult to assess learners in all areas. Particularly in listening because of the type of testing environment that it requires. Further, there are times that a learner may have the goal to improve skills in a certain area. Again, the goal would be set and the learner would only need to be assessed in that area. I hate to see too much restriction that gets in the way of providing classes that suit our learners needs. Sometimes it would seem that we test our people to death, don't you think?

We are thankful that our state leaders have chosen to provide us with good structure and flexibility in the assessment policy. Otherwise, there are some programs that would find it difficult to comply with and would not be able to report, or could not afford to serve some of our ESL poplulation. Good luck!

Karen Burger
Professional Development Consultant
Adult Education Professional Development Project
John Beard Learning Center
1601 East College Street
Crawfordsville, IN 47933
(765) 362-8158
Toll free (866) 977-9902
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From: assessment-bounces at nifl.gov [assessment-bounces at nifl.gov] On Behalf Of Anderson, Philip [Philip.Anderson at fldoe.org]
Sent: Friday, October 31, 2008 1:03 PM
To: The Assessment Discussion List
Subject: [Assessment 1448] Re: TABE CLAS-E


I’m glad to see your posting, since we at the state adult education office in Florida are asking similar questions. Florida has an ad hoc committee on assessment that is working on a set of recommendations to the state office on the adoption of TABE CLAS-E.

Local programs may purchase and use the test if they choose to do so for informational purposes, such as to guide instruction, and for purposes that are not related to documentation for state and federal adult education grants. But until the FL Department of Education State Board approves TABE CLAS-E to be used for reporting any placement or progression based on test results to the state or the federal National Reporting System (NRS).

At our statewide conference in September, we had a session on how to select tests for adult education programs that was well attended. I developed an in-house guide and checklist on test selection, which we provided to the participants. I would be glad to send it offline to any one that requests it.

CTB McGraw Hill also provided us a planning/test selection tool they developed. You may wish to request a copy of it from Dan Gall, Dan_Gall at ctb.com<mailto:Dan_Gall at ctb.com>, or Stephanie Seemann, Stephanie_Seemann at ctb.com<mailto:Stephanie_Seemann at ctb.com>. They have been very responsive to our queries.

The primary issue we are grappling with as a committee is whether to recommend that the state assessment policy mandate that programs must assess adult ESOL students in more than one skill area, and to report on the lowest score of the skill areas tested.

You can see our current state assessment technical assistance paper online at the adult education webpage<http://www.fldoe.org/workforce/adult_ed.asp> of the Florida Department of Education, http://www.fldoe.org/workforce/adult_ed.asp.


Philip Anderson
Adult ESOL Program
Florida Department of Education
Tel (850) 245-9450
philip.anderson at fldoe.org

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From: Bryant, Kimberlee [mailto:kbryant at tcsg.edu]
Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2008 1:17 PM
To: assessment at nifl.gov
Cc: Marie Cora
Subject: [Assessment 1446] TABE CLAS-E

Hello Everyone,

I’ll keep this short.

Since TABE CLAS-E was recently approved for use by OVAE, have any states adopted it for use in FY09? Or are planning to in FY10?

If so, would you be willing to share the issues/concerns that came up during this process (crafting the state assessment policy, training local program staff members, etc.)?

Based on this experience, what advice could you give to other states?

Kimberlee Bryant
Regional Education Coordinator
Instructional Services/Office of Adult Education
Technical College System of Georgia

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