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Adult education teachers may be required to administer standardized tests given to students at entry to the program (pre-tests) and at intervals thereafter (post-tests). Programs funded by the Illinois Community College Board may choose to use the following tests for ABE/ASE learners: TABE 11 & 12 Reading and/or Math test or the CASAS GOALS Reading and/or Math test. For ESL learners, programs have a choice of BEST Literacy, BEST Plus 2.0, or CASAS Life and Work Reading. 


Federal and state policy, as stated in the Assessment section of the Illinois AEL Provider Manual, requires that all staff administering the approved assessments must be properly trained. Therefore, it is vital that all adult educators who administer the approved standardized student assessments receive the appropriate training.


For information on TABE 11&12 and CASAS GOALS training requirements, please click HERE or contact the Central Illinois Adult Education Service Center (CIAESC) at ciaescwiu@gmail.com.


For information on CASAS Life and Work Reading, BEST Plus 2.0, and BEST Literacy training requirements, click HERE or contact the Adult Learning Resource Center:

For CASAS Life and Work Reading information, contact Catherine Porter at cporter@cntrmail.org.


For BEST Plus 2.0 and BEST Literacy information, contact Laurie Martin at lmartin@cntrmail.org .


For helpful information about each assessment (BEST Literacy, BEST Plus, CASAS, or TABE 11 & 12), please visit the Assessment Page on the ICCB website HERE.


For a brief overview of each type of assessment, you can click here to review the assessment section in the New Teacher Orientation course. 

The Illinois Assessment Hub is available to support programs with remote test capacity and test scheduling needs of students. Visit the Assessment Hub page HERE for information about remote test eligibility and the test referral process.