C. Expanding Testing Exemptions
Local programs unable to administer an NRS-approved test to a distance learning participant due to the widespread effect of the COVID-19 pandemic may exempt that student from testing. Local programs that exempt participants from NRS tests should put procedures in place to identify students who were not tested due to an inability to conduct testing, so that the impact of COVID-19 outbreak will be appropriately tracked.
Local programs must administer NRS-approved pre-tests as soon as feasible. A participant cannot achieve an educational functioning level gain without an NRS pre and post-test.
Programs are encouraged to utilize informal assessments, e.g. teacher-made tests, unit tests, applied performance assessments, and learner observations, which can be used to monitor learning and guide instruction. Programs may only use approved assessments to report learner gains for the NRS.
Please note: EFL gain can be demonstrated additionally by enrollment in post-secondary and training after exit. For additional information please visit https://nrsweb.org/sites/default/files/NRS-TA-Aug2019-508.pdf.
V. THE ADDITION OF REMOTE TESTING FOR TABE 11/12 AND TABE CLAS-E
Due to recent challenges related to COVID-19, the MS OAE is allowing remote TABE 11&12 and CLAS-E testing according to the guidelines of Data Recognition Corporation (DRC).
Remote testing should be administered by web conferencing only. Test Examiners must be trained and familiar with using TABE Online.
Test Examiners must use a supported web conferencing platform and be familiar with the use of that platform. Possible options are Zoom, WebEx, Google Meets, Microsoft TEAM, Skype, GoTo Meeting, Blackboard Collaborate, Computer audio, and webcam capabilities for both Test Examiner and student.
Use a limit of five students to each Web Conferencing Session
- All tests and test materials must be kept secure.
- All tests must be proctored.
*Note: An option is available for remotely administering the TABE 11&12 Locator only in an un-proctored environment.
Cell phones CANNOT be used for remote testing. iPads will not work with the CLAS-E Listening test.
A. TESTING PROCEDURES
Prior to testing, the test administrator should create a test session in the DRC portal designated for remote testing. Once the students are added to the test session, test administrators should email each student directly to provide the following:
- Meeting Login Information Embedded in Link: https://wbte.drcedirect.com/TABE/#login
Students should be able to access the meeting directly from the link without having to provide additional details. All participants utilize the same link.
- The date, time, and anticipated duration of the Web Meeting
- Contact information for the TABE Test Administrator
- Student Instructions for Remote Testing found at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/14dSP6cvmqIJQKz8Smlc_FWVLWpTAUwBx/view
- General information on which tests the student will be required to take during the Web Meeting
Calling into the meeting by cell phone should not be an option for students. Breakout/Private Sessions with Private Chat and Screen Sharing Capability is required to privately authenticate an individual student’s identity, to privately distribute test login credentials to individual students, and to see/monitor student screens while restricting view from the rest of the group.
The MS OAE recommends completing the Online Tools Training with students who are new to the DRC portal. The link is available at:
B. USE OF TABE 11/12 AND TABE CLAS-E PROCTORING
Local programs may implement virtual test proctoring using the assessments identified in this policy, in accordance with the test publisher’s procedures for virtual testing. Programs should utilize regular face-to-face assessment procedures when the option is available.
TABE 11 & 12 Grade Range Scale Score Guidance Charts for Reading, Math, and Language