Adult education teachers are often required to administer and sometimes score standardized pre- and post-tests given to students at entry to the program and at intervals thereafter. In Illinois, programs funded by the Illinois Community College Board use the TABE test with ABE and ASE students. (Both TABE 9&10 and 11&12 are allowed until the end of 2018. Starting on January 1, 2019, TABE 11&12 will be the only test allowed for ABE/ASE students.) For ESL learners, programs have a choice of test instruments: BEST Literacy, BEST Plus, or CASAS.
Federal and state policy, as stated in the Assessment section of the Illinois AEL Provider Manual, requires that all staff administering the approved assessments must be properly trained. Therefore, it is vital that all adult educators who administer the approved standardized student assessments receive the appropriate training.
For CASAS, BEST Plus, and BEST Literacy training information, visit the Adult Learning Resource Center (ALRC) at www.thecenterweb.org/alrc, or contact Laurie Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org or Julie Koffend at email@example.com – 224-366-8500
For a brief overview of BEST Literacy, BEST Plus, CASAS, and TABE 11&12, click here to access the appropriate section in the New Teacher Orientation course.