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Adult Basic Education (ABE)

New TABE Forms 11 and 12 were approved by the State Board of Education on January 17, 2018 and are effective beginning February 20, 2018.  A transition plan for MDC is forthcoming.  TABE Forms 9 and 10 are effective through December 31, 2018 to provide adequate time for closeout on this older version of the TABE.  New students will begin taking Forms 11 and 12 on or about November 9, 2018.  Continuing students will post-test on TABE Forms 9 and 10 through December 31, 2018.

Students enrolled in an Adult Basic Education (ABE), General Education Development (GED), and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs must be pre and post-tested with SBOE designated assessments. Exceptions may be made for students who are unable to understand or respond to the test due to low literacy, or due to disability. A pretest must be administered within the first twelve (12) hours of instruction.

Students without sufficient English proficiency are referred to the Adult English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program.  Refer to Section IV-C.

A. Placement Guide for Adult Basic Education (ABE)

MDC administers the TABE Survey, Forms 9 and 10 with locator, which is effective through December 31, 2018.  On or about November 9, 2018 MDC will be administering TABE Forms 11 and 12 with locator.  The TABE retesting guidelines below are followed for Adult Basic Education (ABE) program.

  • Students post-testing in ABX 0140, ABX 0240 and ABX 0340, must take TABE levels "D" or "A".
  • Completion of a prescribed remediation program consisting of at least 40 50 hours of instruction for levels 1-4 and 30 hours for levels 5-6 is required prior to retesting with a minimum 30-day period between retests.  Note: Most MDC adult education classes require at least 60 hours ofinstruction.
  • The same TABE Form and Level should not be administered within a six-month period.  Remediation should include at least 40 hours of instruction between pre/and post-testing, using an alternate version of the TABE and at least 120 hours of instruction when using the same level and same form.  If no formal instruction is provided or documented, six months should elapse when using the same level, same form.
  • Post-testing must only be used for a promotion to a new level or retention in the same level.

TABE  9 and 10 Only

Students scoring at plus or minus 2.0 of the content difficulty range for a specific skill level must be retested in the out-of-range skill area no sooner than the next day and prior to enrollment or by the 100% refund date for the adult education term without being assessed a retesting fee.  These students may retest once for initial placement without being assessed a retesting fee. Refer to Appendix H (TABE Out of Range Re-Testing Guide).

(TABE skill levels and content difficulty follows: E=2.0-3.9, M=4.0-5.9, D=6.0-8.9, A=9.0-12.9)

TABE  11 and 12 Only

This information is currently in the process of being updated (10/23/2018).

Course Placement Guide - ABE - Math
TABE 9 & 10 Grade Equivalent TABE 9 & 10 Scale Score  TABE 11 & 12 Scale Scores Literacy Completion Point /
Educational Functioning Level
Course Placement 
0.0 - 1.9 <368

300-448

LCP/EFL - E EDU 091 - Beginning ABE Literacy
2.0 - 3.9 368 - 460

449-495

LCP/EFL - F EDU 092 - Beginning Basic Education
4.0 - 5.9 461 - 517

496-536

LCP/EFL - G EDU 093 - Low Intermediate Basic Education
6.0 - 8.9 518 - 566

537-595

LCP/EFL - H EDU 094 -  - High Intermediate Basic Education

 

Course Placement Guide - ABE - Reading
TABE 9 & 10 Grade Equivalent TABE 9 & 10 Scale Score  TABE 11 & 12 Scale Scores Literacy Completion Point /
Educational Functioning Level
Course Placement 
0.0 - 1.9 <390

300-441

LCP/EFL - J EDU 081 - Beginning ABE Literacy
2.0 - 3.9 390 - 490

442-500

LCP/EFL - K EDU 082 - Beginning Basic Education
4.0 - 5.9 491 - 523

501-535

LCP/EFL - M EDU 083 - Low Intermediate Basic Education
6.0 - 8.9 524 - 559

536-575

LCP/EFL - N EDU 084 - High Intermediate Basic Education

 

Course Placement Guide - ABE - Language
TABE 9 & 10 Grade Equivalent TABE 9 & 10 Scale Score  TABE 11 & 12 Scale Scores Literacy Completion Point /
Educational Functioning Level
Course Placement 
0.0 - 1.9 <314

300-457

LCP/EFL - A ABX0310 - Beginning ABE Literacy
2.0 - 3.9 314 - 441

458-510

LCP/EFL - B ABX0320 - Beginning Basic Education
4.0 - 5.9 442 - 505

511-546

LCP/EFL - C ABX0330 - Low Intermediate Basic Education
6.0 - 8.9 506 - 565

547-583

LCP/EFL - D ABX0340 - High Intermediate Basic Education

TABE retesting procedure for ABE programs:

The TABE retesting guidelines below are followed for Adult Basic Education (ABE) programs.

  • Students post-testing in ABX0140, ABX0340 and ABX0240 must take TABE levels "D" or "A".
  • Completion of a prescribed remediation program consisting of at least 40 hours of instruction is required prior to retesting with a minimum 30-day period between retests.
  • The same TABE Form and Level should not be administered within a six-month period. Remediation should include at least 40 hours of instruction between pre/and post-testing, using an alternate version of the TABE and at least 120 hours of instruction when using the same level and same form. If no formal instruction is provided or documented, six months should elapse when using the same level, same form.
  • Students scoring at plus or minus 2.0 of the content difficulty range for a specific skill level must be retested in the out-of-range skill area no sooner than the next day and prior to enrollment or by the 100% refund date for the adult education term without being assessed a retesting fee. These students may retest once for initial placement without being assessed a retesting fee. Refer to Appendix H (TABE Out of Range Re-Testing Guide).

     (TABE skill levels and content difficulty follows: E=2.0-3.9, M=4.0-5.9, D=6.0-8.9, A=9.0-12.9)



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