Minnesota Adult Basic Education
TABE is a norm-referenced test. A norm-referenced test compares an examinee's scores to a group that took the tests and provided "normal" scores. The results are reported as a percentage as compared to the norming group. A scaled score represents an educational level at which a student can be placed. To learn more about TABE, go to the Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) website.
In order for tests to be used for official reporting, they must be approved by the National Reporting System. TABE 11 & 12 provides assessments in the areas of Reading, Math, and Language. These tests are NRS-approved through February 5, 2025.
DRC has created an online training option for individuals to complete on their own time. Those that want to choose this option can go to https://tabetest.com/tabe-1112-certification-process/. To be certified to administer the TABE 11 & 12 tests, the individual must complete both Parts 1 and 2. The training links, along with the needed password, can be found on the first document.
TABE 11 & 12 Implementation Training
This is a basic, introductory training, designed to introduce participants to the administration of TABE !!&12 assessments, and walk them through the process, from Locator test to post-test. The intended audience for this training includes:
New teachers who are not familiar with the TABE 11&12 assessment system
Other new support staff who may be responsible for intake and assessment
Intake and support staff who may be familiar with TABE assessments, but who want to gain a better understanding of TABE 11&12
Implementation trainings are 3 hours long. The optimal number of participants is 8 to 25 people. These trainings are available to Minnesota ABE consortia and their partners. Please contact Marty Olsen (firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule a training.
To view currently scheduled trainings, go to the Calendar.
Below are links to some resources that Minnesota practitioners have created and shared with the field:
Math Practice Questions (Adult Options in Education)
Language Practice Questions (Adult Options in Education)
Checklists linking CCR ELA Standards to specific TABE 11&12 test items:
Checklists linking CCR Math Standards to specific TABE 11&12 test items:
TABE Online and
Online testing can be done face-to-face in the same space or remotely. Guidance can be found on the TABE website.
Computer-based Testing On-site
Programs wanting to implement computer-based testing should view the demos found on the "TABE Online On-Demand Training Videos".
Prior to watching the online training videos, you should download and print the "TABE Online Quick Start Guide".
Purchase computer-based tests from DRC using the order form at https://tabetest.com/order-forms/
Note that TABE online test administrations expire 1 year from the date of purchase, so plan your purchase accordingly.
Remote Testing with TABE
When the intake staff is comfortable with computer-based testing, they may choose to implement remote testing. There is information about the remote testing options at http://tabetest.com/PDFs/TABE_AND_TABE_CLAS-E_REMOTE_PROCTORING.pdf.
This document includes instructions for both the proctor and the student involved in remote testing.
SAMPLE EMAIL to STUDENT PRIOR to TESTING REMOTELY - Metro North has shared the email that they send out to learners prior to remote testing. They want to ensure that the student's home device will support remote testing. Click here to view the document.
Presentation Powerpoints and Handouts
Below are links to TABE Implementation Training handouts:
Link to Critical Issues PowerPoint:
Video - Minnesota State Trainers demonstrate "what not to do" when testing
TSI: Testing Scene Investigation (video)
Test Prep Links
Resources for CCR Standards Instruction
The links below will open to documents or site on the internet that will assist students in preparing to take TABE assessments.
SUBJECT AREA ONLINE STUDY SITES:
Language - Writing Links
Mathematics - Basic
Mathematics - Advanced (Algebra, Geometry and beyond)