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Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS)

BEST Plus Certification Due March 31 and TABE Clas-E Assessment Update

Dear Program Directors:

Please share this important assessment information with the BEST Plus and TABE Clas-E Test Administrators on staff.

First, thank you to all who have participated in assessing students this year. We know it takes time and careful attention on your part, and for those using TABE Clas-E, it has taken more time than usual this year. It is so important that we continue to administer and score the standardized assessments correctly. If we are to maintain accurate scores statewide, then it is vital to make sure all administrators and scorers are following the same test protocols. A significant part of this process is ensuring that all BEST Plus and TABE Clas-E test administrators are scoring strictly according to the BEST Plus and TABE Clas-E rubrics respectively, and re-familiarizing themselves with the scoring process (known as recalibration) each time before they test.

To ensure scoring accuracy, BEST Plus test administrators must recertify annually by taking part in a Scoring Refresher and successfully completing a 30-minute scoring activity. Recertification entails successfully completing Scoring Activity #3. To ensure successful completion, you should review the BEST Plus Scoring Refresher Toolkit first.

In order to recertify, you must use the following materials:

  • A 3-ring binder entitled, "BEST Plus Scoring Refresher Toolkit," with two accompanying DVDs or VHS videos
  • A white booklet entitled, "BEST Plus Scoring Refresher Workbook, Test Administrator's Edition"

If you do not have these materials at your program, please contact your SABES Regional Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator to borrow them, or purchase a new Refresher Toolkit and/or Refresher Workbook from the Center for Applied Linguistics. To purchase, go to this link: http://calstore.cal.org/store/detail.aspx?ID=335

The completed Scoring Activity must be sent to the Program's Regional SABES Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator by Thursday, March 31. The SABES Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator will score and send a new Certificate of Competence to the practitioner by April 30. The new certificate will be valid for at least one year. Staff who receive a borderline "Acceptable" or an "Unacceptable" score in any one of the three rubric areas will have an opportunity to receive remediation in order to continue to administer the BEST Plus.

Test Administrators who do not return their Scoring Activity by this date will not be able to administer the BEST Plus until they re-take the initial BEST Plus training, refresher, and scoring activity.

Status of TABE Clas-E Certification

We are sorry not to meet the deadline for returning Clas-E certification results as promised. We will respond to Clas-E test administrators by March 18. For now, please continue to administer and score any Clas-E testing as needed.

If you have any questions or concerns about BEST Plus or TABE Clas-E, please feel free to contact Jane at janes@doe.mass.edu. Thank you for your continued hard work.

With Literacy in Mind.

Anne Serino
ABE State Director
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education



Last Updated: March 7, 2011
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