Accession Number:

ADP000814

Title:

Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE or Not TABE)

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Corporate Author:

TEMPLE UNIV PHILADELPHIA PA

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Report Date:

1983-03-25

Pagination or Media Count:

4.0

Abstract:

This paper is being written after thirty-one months working as a representative of an educational contractor, with the responsibility for the Basic Skills Program BSEP in the Armys VII Corps. Among the many things I learned was that the contractor does not meddle in the Armys determination of eligibility for BSEP and therefore not in the choice of screening instrument the Army wishes to use. To be sure, the relative merits of various tests were discussed frequently by everyone involved in the administration and the teaching of the BSEP program. What counted for the teachers in our classrooms were our own criterion-referenced diagnostic tests. These tests determined exactly which skills a soldier would need to work on during the sixty hours of instruction. The TABE score with which the soldier entered the class tended to be used as a general indicator of achievement, and was certainly taken into consideration, but the TABE simply does not yield detailed diagnostic information which could then be used to plan a series of learning prescriptions. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE