Pace has designed learning systems with TABE at their core since the beginning days of the TABE assessments. In fact, the original Pace Learning System was designed with TABE Forms 1&2 as its diagnostic tool. With each new generation of TABE assessments, since the 1960’s, Pace systems have evolved to meet new TABE targets. If you are testing with TABE, you should be teaching with Pace.

The Pace Approach to Teaching with TABE 

To help ensure success, adult learners require highly individualized courses of study. This requirement is due to the wide variety of learning needs and styles, learning objectives, and motivation levels these learners have. Most importantly, students in most ABE classrooms vary widely in functioning levels. Even if students can be accurately placed into learning groups with peers at similar educational levels, specific skills deficiencies may differ dramatically from student to student. This fact makes it difficult to maximize each learner’s progress, based only on their personal learning needs.

The Pace approach to teaching with TABE is a focus on the specific skills that are measured in each individual learner, as opposed to a focus on “levels of mastery” demonstrated by specific test levels, Scale Score ranges, or Scale Score improvements. An individualized approach and a focus on specific skills, especially when communicating progress with the learner, provides the best results.

Using the Individual Diagnostic Profile (IDP) provided by TABE is a good way to help “prescribe” a personalized study schedule for an adult learner. The IDP allows examiners to break down test results by skill groups that align with CCRS domains. IDPs can be obtained in print from the publisher, Data Recognition Corporation (DRC). You can also find this information, and much more, using our Test Translation Table for TABE 11&12.

The Test Translation provides a wealth of additional information on TABE test content, including:

  • Connections between TABE Skills and CCR Anchor Standards
  • Identification of TABE Skills tested on each test item (Levels E, M, and D)
  • Alternative descriptions for each TABE Skill and test item, describing the skill performed in plain terms

Use this resource to see emphasis of sub-skills on a particular test and level, to compare sub-skills tested on Form 11 and Form 12, and even to help build a more accurate, efficient study schedule from a given TABE Diagnostic result.

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Pace offers truly self-paced tutorials designed specifically for the TABE test taker. Pace lessons target discrete skills which are highly-referenced on the TABE tests, to provide an efficient, easy-to-use method of remediation for ABE programs.

To learn more about TABE-correlated Pace curricula, go here.

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