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Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS)

Assessment Policy Clarification – Error in Guidelines

August 1, 2012

Program Directors,

There has been some confusion regarding language in the MA Guidelines for Effective Adult Basic Education and the Assessment Policy Manuals. The Guidelines contain some information that was later clarified in an RFP Question and Answer document.

  1. There is an error on page 54 of the Guidelines. At the top of the page, the text should read: "Programs may administer CLAS-E and BEST Plus at intake and use the score results as their placement (or part of their placement) and pre-test. (It is correct that programs may not use TABE 9/10 or MAPT as placement and may not give at intake.) Please note that the error is also at the bottom of page 45 in the Guidelines, as well as on page 54.
  2. There is an error on page 53 of the Guidelines. In the middle of the page, the second bullet under consistent test administration, should read: "practitioners who have completed an assessment training given by ACLS or SABES may train other colleagues at their program on the same assessment only in the MAPT and Level L of TABE 9/10. (Practitioners may not train other colleagues in the BEST Plus, CLAS-E, or the Levels E through A of the TABE 9/10.)

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jane Schwerdtfeger at janes@doe.mass.edu or your regional Curriculum and Assessment Coordinators.

Thank you.

Anne Serino
ABE State Director
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education



Last Updated: August 10, 2012
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