TABE Out-of-Range Scores. April 2011. Objectives. Address the issues surrounding Out-of-Range TABE scores Answer questions submitted by providers Provide updated information from McGraw-Hill. FAQ-How do I prevent out-of-range scores on the pre-test?.
Make sure a student is taking the appropriate level TABE. Here’s why:
Use information gleaned from orientation and the Locator along with professional judgment to determine the appropriate level of the TABE to administer.
Locator = Levels E, M, D or A
Word List = Level L
Some programs have discovered making slight adjustments to the Locator cut scores may result in more accurate placement. One example is
Modified Applied Mathematics
TABE representatives have assured KYAE that the 7&8 Locator may be used in conjunction with the 9&10 tests.
Repeat initial assessment with correct TABE level (whole test or individual subject area(s), as needed)
Example: Locator student should take TABE D in all areas, BUT 9D results Math Scale Score 438
Since 438 is out of range for the TABE D, then Math subtest score/info is not accurate. Student should be re-tested on the TABE M for Math. TABE D math score should NOT be used as the enrollment score.
It is important that the lowest area be accurate.
L 0.0 – 1.9 Literacy
E 2.0 – 3.9 Easy
M 4.0 – 5.9 Medium
D 6.0 – 8.9 Difficult
A 9.0 – 12.9 Advanced
(These “cut points” refer to the student “score” point at which you should consider shifting from one level of the test to another.)
For consistent problems with out-of-range scores on progress tests consider these three factors:
3. How do you determine when a student is ready for a progress test?
If you have a specific question regarding TABE testing, please direct it to KYAE staff.