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 offers 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 can be found on the SABES calendar and on the CEA's ACLS Test Help Blog.

Face-to-face trainings for the BEST Plus 2.0 and TABE CLAS-E Writing Scoring are posted on the SABES calendar on an ongoing basis, as locations are confirmed. To request a training in a specific region, Program Directors should complete the Assessment Training Request Form.

Questions? If you have any questions about NRS assessment trainings, please check our Frequently Asked Questions or email the Center for Educational Assessment at aclstesthelp@educ.umass.edu.

Massachusetts NRS Assessments: Upcoming Events

10/01/2018
Quincy
The TABE CLAS-E Writing Scoring assessment training is the second training in the process to become certified to score the...
10/22/2018
Holyoke
The TABE CLAS-E Writing Scoring assessment training is the second training in the process to become certified to score the...
09/24/2018
Cambridge
This training is full. Consider registering for the CLAS-E Writing Scoring training in Quincy on Monday, October 1: http://www.sabes.org/event/11626 The...

Massachusetts NRS Assessments: Resources, Research and Curriculum

Resource ACLS Test Help Blog
This blog, created by the UMass Center for Educational Assessment, is a “one-stop shop” for materials related to the NRS assessment trainings.
Resource Assessment Training Request Form
Program Directors may use this form to request a BEST Plus 2.0 or TABE CLAS-E Writing Scoring training in a specific region.
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...

Massachusetts NRS Assessments: Our Team

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