2What is it? TABE – Tests of Adult Basic Education CLAS – Complete Language AssessmentE – EnglishAn ESL assessment tool we use with students who score above 540 using the BEST Plus oral interview
3This student needs TABE CLAS-E Anything more than 540 points – above level 6 on BEST Plus
43 samples to do all together; You’ll need three things to get started. 1). Locator Test – Blank Answer Sheet3 samples to do all together;15 questions:15 minutesThese questions are not graded, but give the teacher a basic idea to use for initial placement.
52). Locator Test – Specific Directions …with scripts to talk them through the sample questions. Remind students NOT to write in the test books, but only on the answer sheet.
63). R/W Locator – Part 1The samples are all on the front page. Subsequent pages are a two-fold spread; the reading section on the left with related questions on the right. The leveled reading test is laid out the same way.
7Grade the Locator and Assign the Student a Specific Testing Level Total number correct in the allotted time determines which level test to administer.The Key for grading the locator test is located at the back of the Locator Test Directions
8Give the Student a Blank Answer Sheet and Mark the Correct Level and Test Circle correct testing form – B first then A or vice/versaCircle correct levelSample box shows the correct way to mark answers
9Expository Writing Folio There is one pack of instructions that contains all three sets of specific directions.If you do all the tests at one sitting, expect to spend around two hoursReading25 Q – 25 minWriting20 Q – 20 minExpository Writing Folioapprox 30 min
11Be sure the levels match what’s marked on the answer sheet …a copy of the two Test Booklets (Reading and Writing), as well as the Expository Writing FolioBe sure the levels match what’s marked on the answer sheet
12Provide the student with a quiet place to work and set the timer.
13When the student is finished, the teacher will need to grade it. There are keys for each level – 2A/2B3A/3B4A/4BThe expository writing section is graded by a rubric rather than a key. We’ll look at this a little later.I realize this is the old version of our score sheet, but you get the idea – sorry!
14How to Grade the Multiple Choice Sections I put the total number correct at the bottom of each column as I go along
15The total correct for reading goes in the box on the top left of the page.
16Grade the writing multiple choice questions the same way.
17But the total correct goes in the “Writing Subtotal” line at the top middle of the page.
18Now - How to Grade the Expository Writing Folio The Writing Portfolio contains 5 itemsThe level of the test will determine which rubric(s) you use.Since we only use this test with advanced speakers, I’ve never had to give a “zero,” but if you do, you must explain why.
19I put notes on the individual rubrics to indicate when they should be used.
20You’ll need the rubric, the writing portfolio, and the student answer sheet. Using the correct rubric, grade each item as “Effective,” “Adequate,” “Inadequate,” or “Zero.” For the final essay, you can also give a “Fluent” score.
21Add up the Expository Writing Subtotal and write it on the correct line at the top right.
22Now, add to find the writing total and write it in the “Writing Total” box.
23Find the Scoring Table that matches the specific test you are grading. Reading or WritingLevel 2, 3, or 4Form A or B
24Find the Raw Score and write down the equivalent Scale Score and Functioning Level. I realize this is the old version of our answer sheet, but you get the idea – sorry!
25I usually also note what score is needed to progress to the next level. I realize this is the old version of our answer sheet, but you get the idea – sorry!
26Follow the same procedure for both reading and writing.
27Until you have two scores and two levels. Now, you may choose which area (reading/writing) to concentrate on, or you may work in both areas and re-test in both areas. Only submit one score to the office. Usually, you can use the other area next year.I realize this is the old version of our answer sheet, but you get the idea – sorry!
28After this year, this student will need to switch to regular TABE and GED class. No more progress is possible in writing.He’s already doing Level 4Hopefully, this year he’ll move from L5 to L6 in Reading.I realize this is the old version of our answer sheet, but you get the idea – sorry!
29When do I switch to a higher level test? when a student gets only one or two questions wrong in a sectionwhen the raw score indicates a functional level with a “plus sign” (+)
30But it’s not nearly as helpful as the regular TABE diagnostic sheet There is an Individual Diagnostic Profile Sheet available for each Level and FormReadingWritingCircle the number of the actual question the student got wrong and it’ll give you a general idea about a problem area to work on.But it’s not nearly as helpful as the regular TABE diagnostic sheet
31Thanks for your Time and Attention Contact the office or Dawn with any further questions or clarifications