[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 176 (Monday, September 12, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 56188-56189]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-23263]


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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Tests Determined To Be Suitable for Use in the National Reporting 
System for Adult Education

AGENCY: Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Department of 
Education.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Secretary annually announces tests, including test forms 
and delivery formats, determined to be suitable for use in the National 
Reporting System for Adult Education (NRS).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John LeMaster, Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 11159, Potomac Center Plaza, 
Washington, DC 20202-7240. Telephone: (202) 245-6218 or by e-mail: 
John.Lemaster@ed.gov.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the 
Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On January 14, 2008, the Secretary published 
in the Federal Register final regulations for 34 CFR part 462, 
Measuring Educational Gain in the National Reporting System for Adult 
Education (NRS regulations) (73 FR 2306). The NRS regulations 
established the process the Secretary uses to determine the suitability 
of tests for use in the NRS.
    On April 16, 2008, the Secretary published a notice in the Federal 
Register providing test publishers an opportunity to submit tests for 
review under the NRS regulations. (73 FR 20616).
    On February 2, 2010, the Secretary published a notice in the 
Federal Register listing the tests and test forms he determined were 
suitable for use in the NRS (75 FR 5303).
    Tests and test forms were determined to be suitable for a period of 
either seven or three years. A seven-year approval requires no 
additional action on the part of the publisher, unless the information 
the publisher submitted as a basis for the Secretary's review was 
inaccurate or unless the test is substantially revised. A three-year 
approval is issued with a set of conditions that must be met by the 
completion of the three-year time period. If these conditions are met, 
the test is approved for continued use in the NRS.
    The Secretary publishes here an update to the list published on 
February 2, 2010, that includes delivery formats. This update clarifies 
that some, but not all, tests using computer-adaptive or computer-based 
delivery formats are suitable for use in the NRS. The staffs of adult 
education programs are cautioned to ensure that only approved computer 
delivery formats are used. If a particular computer delivery format is 
not explicitly specified for a test in this notice, it is not approved 
for use in the NRS.

Tests Determined To Be Suitable for Use in the NRS for Seven Years

    (a) The following test is determined to be suitable for use at all 
Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Adult Secondary Education (ASE) levels 
and at all English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) levels of the NRS for a 
period of seven years from February 2, 2010 (75 FR 5303):
    Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS) Reading 
Assessments (Life and Work, Life Skills, Reading for Citizenship, 
Reading for Language Arts--Secondary Level). We are clarifying that the 
computer-based test (CBT) is an approved delivery format in addition to 
forms 27, 28, 81, 82, 81X, 82X, 83, 84, 85, 86, 185, 186, 187, 188, 
310, 311, 513, 514, 951, 952, 951X, and 952X.
    Publisher: CASAS, 5151 Murphy Canyon Road, Suite 220, San Diego, CA 
92123-4339. Telephone: (800) 255-1036. Internet: http://www.casas.org.
    (b) The following tests are determined to be suitable for use at 
all ABE and ASE levels of the NRS for a period of seven years from 
February 2, 2010 (75 FR 5303):
    (1) Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS) Life 
Skills Math Assessments--Application of Mathematics (Secondary Level). 
We are clarifying that the computer-based test (CBT) is an approved 
delivery format in addition to forms 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 
505, and 506. Publisher: CASAS, 5151 Murphy Canyon Road, Suite 220, San 
Diego, CA 92123-4339. Telephone: (800) 255-1036. Internet: http://www.casas.org.
    (2) Massachusetts Adult Proficiency Test (MAPT) for Math. We are 
clarifying that the computer-adaptive test (CAT) is an approved 
delivery format. Publisher: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and 
Secondary Education and University of Massachusetts Amherst, School of 
Education, 156 Hills South, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 
01003. Telephone: (413) 545-0564. Internet: http://www.sabes.org/assessment/mapt.htm.
    (3) Massachusetts Adult Proficiency Test (MAPT) for Reading. We are 
clarifying that the computer-adaptive test (CAT) is an approved 
delivery format. Publisher: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and 
Secondary Education and University of Massachusetts Amherst, School of 
Education, 156 Hills South, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 
01003. Telephone: (413) 545-0564. Internet: http://www.sabes.org/assessment/mapt.htm.
    (4) Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE 9/10). We are clarifying 
that the computer-based test (CBT) is an approved delivery format in 
addition to forms 9 and 10. Publisher: CTB/McGraw Hill, 20 Ryan Ranch 
Road, Monterey, CA 93940. Telephone: (800) 538-9547. Internet: http://www.ctb.com.
    (5) Tests of Adult Basic Education Survey (TABE Survey). We are 
clarifying that the computer-based test (CBT) is an approved delivery 
format in addition to forms 9 and 10. Publisher: CTB/McGraw Hill, 20 
Ryan Ranch Road, Monterey, CA 93940. Telephone: (800) 538-9547. 
Internet: http://www.ctb.com.
    (c) The following tests are determined to be suitable for use at 
all ESL levels of the NRS for a period of seven years from February 2, 
2010 (75 FR 5303):
    (1) BEST (Basic English Skills Test) Literacy. Forms B, C, and D. 
Publisher: Center for Applied Linguistics, 4646 40th Street, NW., 
Washington, DC

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20016-1859. Telephone: (202) 362-0700. Internet: http://www.cal.org.
    (2) Tests of Adult Basic Education Complete Language Assessment 
System--English (TABE/CLAS-E). Forms A and B. Publisher: CTB/McGraw 
Hill, 20 Ryan Ranch Road, Monterey, CA 93940. Telephone: (800) 538-
9547. Internet: http://www.ctb.com.

Tests Determined To Be Suitable for Use in the NRS for Three Years

    (a) The following tests are determined to be suitable for use at 
all ABE and ASE levels and at all ESL levels of the NRS for a period of 
three years from February 2, 2010 (75 FR 5303):
    (1) Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS) 
Employability Competency System (ECS) Reading Assessments--Workforce 
Learning Systems (WLS). We are clarifying that the computer-based test 
(CBT) is an approved delivery format in addition to forms 11, 12, 13, 
14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 114, 116, 213, 214, 215, and 216. Publisher: CASAS, 
5151 Murphy Canyon Road, Suite 220, San Diego, CA 92123-4339. 
Telephone: (800) 255-1036. Internet: http://www.casas.org.
    (2) Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS) 
Functional Writing Assessments. Forms 460, 461, 462, 463, 464, 465, and 
466. Publisher: CASAS, 5151 Murphy Canyon Road, Suite 220, San Diego, 
CA 92123-4339. Telephone: (800) 255-1036. Internet: http://www.casas.org.
    (b) The following tests are determined to be suitable for use at 
all ABE and ASE levels of the NRS for a period of three years from 
February 2, 2010 (75 FR 5303):
    (1) Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS) 
Employability Competency System (ECS) Math Assessments--Workforce 
Learning Systems (WLS). We are clarifying that the computer-based test 
(CBT) is an approved delivery format in addition to forms 11, 12, 13, 
14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 213, 214, 215, and 216. Publisher: CASAS, 5151 
Murphy Canyon Road, Suite 220, San Diego, CA 92123-4339. Telephone: 
(800) 255-1036. Internet: http://www.casas.org.
    (2) General Assessment of Instructional Needs (GAIN)--Test of 
English Skills. We are clarifying that the computer-based test (CBT) is 
an approved delivery format in addition to forms A and B. Publisher: 
Wonderlic Inc., 1795 N. Butterfield Road, Suite 200, Libertyville, IL 
60048-1212. Telephone: (888) 397-8519. Internet: http://www.wonderlic.com.
    (3) General Assessment of Instructional Needs (GAIN)--Test of Math 
Skills. We are clarifying that the computer-based test (CBT) is an 
approved delivery format in addition to forms A and B. Publisher: 
Wonderlic Inc., 1795 N. Butterfield Road, Suite 200, Libertyville, IL 
60048-1212. Telephone: (888) 397-8519. Internet: http://www.wonderlic.com.
    (c) The following tests are determined to be suitable for use at 
the High Intermediate, Low Adult Secondary, and High Adult Secondary 
levels of the NRS for a period of three years from February 2, 2010 (75 
FR 5303):
    (1) WorkKeys: Applied Mathematics. Forms 210 and 220. Publisher: 
ACT, 500 ACT Drive, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, Iowa 52243-0168. 
Telephone: (800) 967-5539. Internet: http://www.act.org.
    (2) WorkKeys: Reading for Information. Forms 110 and 120. 
Publisher: ACT, 500 ACT Drive, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, Iowa 52243-
0168. Telephone: (800) 967-5539. Internet: http://www.act.org.
    (d) The following tests are determined to be suitable for use at 
all ESL levels of the NRS for a period of three years from February 2, 
2010 (75 FR 5303):
    (1) Basic English Skills Test (BEST) Plus. We are clarifying that 
the computer-adaptive test (CAT) is an approved delivery format in 
addition to forms A, B, and C. Publisher: Center for Applied 
Linguistics, 4646 40th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20016-1859. 
Telephone: (202) 362-0700. Internet: http://www.cal.org.
    (2) Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS) 
Employability Competency System (ECS) Listening Assessments--Life 
Skills (LS). We are clarifying that the computer-based test (CBT) is an 
approved delivery format in addition to forms 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 
63, 64, 65, and 66. Publisher: CASAS, 5151 Murphy Canyon Road, Suite 
220, San Diego, CA 92123-4339. Telephone: (800) 255-1036. Internet: 
http://www.casas.org.

Revocation of Tests

    The Secretary's determination regarding the suitability of a test 
may be revoked under certain circumstances (see 34 CFR 462.12(e)). If 
the Secretary revokes the determination regarding the suitability of a 
test, the Secretary publishes in the Federal Register and posts on the 
Internet at http://www.nrsweb.org a notice of that revocation along 
with the date by which States and local eligible providers must stop 
using the revoked test.
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    Program Authority:  20 U.S.C. 9212.

    Dated: September 7, 2011.
Johan Uvin,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Strategic Initiatives.
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