Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS)
Important Assessment information regarding the TABE CLASE-E Reading Test
June 11, 2012
Dear Program Directors:
Please read and share this important assessment information about the TABE CLAS-E Reading Test with appropriate staff.
As you know, in FY13 programs may use the TABE CLAS-E Reading Assessment to pre/post-test ESOL students who wish to improve their reading skills. To accommodate practitioners who have been certified in TABE CLAS-E Writing and now wish to become certified to administer and score the Reading Assessment as well, ACLS and SABES have designed an online training entitled, TABE CLAS-E Reading Assessment Training.
- Please note that this online training is for staff certified to administer the CLAS-E Writing.
The first session of this online course will be open beginning on Friday, June 15th. Those who register for the training will have two weeks (until June 29) in which to complete it. In order to accommodate programs offering classes in the summer, this first session is only for practitioners who have been certified in CLAS-E Writing and will be teaching ESOL summer classes. In mid-July, the course will be open to all practitioners who have been certified in CLAS-E Writing.
Registration for the June 15-29 session will be available on or just before June 15th on the first page of the SABES Calendar, http://calendar.sabes.org/. Once practitioners have registered on the SABES Calendar web page, they will receive an email soon after with instructions on how to enroll in the online Moodle course. Once enrolled, each participant will have until June 29th to complete the tutorial and pass a 15-question "open book" Final Test with a score of 85% or better.
The total time needed to complete this online training will be about 2-3 hours, including the final test. Enrollees may stop out and return to the course at any time within the two-week window. Participants will be allowed two attempts to pass the final test. Technical assistance will be available for anyone who has a problem accessing the course. Those who do not pass after two attempts will not be certified in CLAS-E Reading. Participants will receive remediation from their regional Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator and another opportunity to take the test.
For staff who wish to be trained and certified in CLAS-E Reading but have not been trained in the CLAS-E Writing, SABES will also be offering face to face trainings beginning in mid August. Dates and registration information for the training will be posted on the SABES Calendar.
We sincerely hope that this online training will help to make the process of administering the CLAS-E Reading smooth and efficient. Thank you for your continued hard work.
With Literacy in Mind.
ABE State Director
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education