On this page, you will find information and resources about NRS assessments required for all state- or federally-funded Adult Education programs in Massachusetts.

Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS) is mandated by the U.S. Department of Education to use valid and reliable assessments to report students’ completion of NRS Educational Functioning Levels on the National Reporting System for Adult Education. To that end, Adult Education programs must use the following six standardized assessments, depending on the services and NRS levels they offer:

  • The Massachusetts Adult Proficiency Test (MAPT)
  • TABE 11/12 Levels E, M, D, A
  • TABE 11/12 Literacy Level
  • BEST Plus 2.0
  • TABE CLAS-E Reading
  • TABE CLAS-E Writing

ACLS has partnered with the Center for Educational Assessment (CEA) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to support programs in administering, scoring, and interpreting results from the assessments above. The CEA has worked closely with ACLS since 2003, when the MAPT was developed to meet state assessment needs.

In its expanded role, the CEA will offer online and face-to-face assessment trainings to help practitioners become certified test administrators. All programs must have certified test administrators for the NRS Assessments they use.

Online, self-paced trainings developed by the CEA are available for the following assessments:

  • TABE 11/12 Levels E, M, D, A (administration and scoring)
  • TABE 11/12 Literacy Level (administration and scoring)
  • TABE CLAS-E Reading (administration and scoring)
  • TABE CLAS-E Writing (administration only)

Links to the online trainings will appear on the July page of the SABES calendar shortly. For now, they may be accessed through the CEA's ACLS Test Help Blog. Note: See the SABES calendar for a link to the MAPT Test Administrator Training (online).

Face-to-face trainings for the BEST Plus 2.0 test (administration and scoring) as well as TABE CLAS-E Writing (scoring) are currently being scheduled. Training announcements will be posted on the SABES calendar as locations are confirmed.

Contact us: If you have any questions about the upcoming trainings, please email the Center for Educational Assessment at aclstesthelp@educ.umass.edu.

Assessment: Upcoming Events

The TABE CLAS-E Writing Scoring assessment training is the second training in the process to become certified to score the...
The BEST Plus 2.0 six and one half hour training is the first of three steps to become certified to...
The BEST Plus 2.0 six and one half hour training is the first of three steps to become certified to...

Assessment: Resources, Research and Curriculum

Resource Fact Sheet No. 9: Formative Assessment (2010)
This fact sheet is a basic primer on formative assessment including the elements of the formative assessment process, recommended strategies and an...
Research/Evidence-Based Practice Using Student-Involved Classroom Assessment to Close Achievement Gaps (2005)
This article by Rick Stiggins and Jan Chappuis was published in Theory into Practice in 2005. The authors argue that the failure of 60...
Research/Evidence-Based Practice Formative Assessment: Research Briefing (2008)
This paper summarizes the key messages from the National Research and Development Centre and other research and development activity on formative...