Assessment

ASSESSMENT POLICY & PROCEDURES

Texas has approved two standardized assessment instruments to measure performance by participants in adult education programs.

BEST (Basic English Skills Test)

  • 2 Versions: Literacy & BEST Plus (an oral, computer based test)

TABE (Test of Basic Education)

Within the adult education program year (July 1-June 30) all students should be tested twice with a state approved assessment:

  1. Baseline Assessment: A baseline assessment should be administered after a student before she or he begins classes at your program site. Baseline assessments are typically administered during New Student Orientation. 
  2. Progress Assessment: Progress (or post) Assessments should be administered after a student has completed at least 60 hours of instruction in an adult education program within a fiscal year (July 1-June 30). Progress Assessment scores are documented on Progress Forms (see Forms & Reports) and sent to Terri Schiemenz by the 10th of each month. (Ex: October Progress Forms are due by November 10)

TABE ADMINISTRATION POLICY (effective 8/25/07)

Baseline Assessment: Staff at all sites will administer the TABE Locator and the TABE survey in all three domains (Reading , Math, and Language) at the time of baseline assessment. Staff at all sites will record all three survey scores on the student registration form.

Permissible Exception: When students state that they only need to study for the Math or Essay portion of the GED, staff do not have to administer all three locators and surveys. In these situations, staff should administer at least two TABE locators and two TABE surveys. In the case of the Math student, the Math and Reading locators and surveys should be administered. In the case of the Essay student, the Language and Reading locators and surveys should be administered.

All baseline assessment scores should be recorded on the student registration form.

Progress Assessment: In an ideal world, staff should administer progress assessments in all domains where students have a baseline score. This should be the program goal. In the real world, teachers and assessors often know that no instruction in Math or writing took place. In these situations, progress assessments in Math or Language are not required.

Rule of Thumb: All ABE/ASE students should have progress assessments in at least two domains.

All progress assessment scores should be recorded on the student progress form.

BEST PLUS AND BEST LITERACY ADMINISTRATION POLICY (effective 8/23/08)

Baseline Assessment: Staff will administer the BEST Plus Oral Assessment and the BEST Literacy Screening Tool to all limited English proficient (LEP) adults registered in the program. Staff will administer the Best Literacy Assessment to all LEP adults who earn a score of 5 or higher on the BEST Literacy Screening tool. (See BEST Literacy Screening Tool Guide.)

All baseline assessment scores should be recorded on the student registration form.

Progress Assessment: Staff will administer the same BEST assessments at the time of progress assessment that were administered at baseline. This means that ESL students who were assessed at baseline with the BEST Plus and the BEST Literacy Assessments must be progress assessed with both assessment instruments.

All progress assessment scores should be recorded on the student progress form.

Student baseline levels and progress are determined by referring to the Scale Score and Grade Equivalent Charts.

BEST Plus

BEST Literacy

TABE

Progress Assessment Prior to 60 Hours of Instruction

In some cases, students may be tested prior to the 60 hours of instruction. The Progress Form must be used to document the information ascertained to determine the student’s readiness for a progress assessment.

See Progress Form Instructions for futher information.