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Seven-Year Approval for the Massachusetts Adult Proficiency Tests (MAPT)


The United States Department of Education's Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) recently notified UMass' Center for Educational Assessment that the Massachusetts Adult Proficiency Test (MAPT) for Math and for Reading received seven-year approval for use in the National Reporting System for adult education.

This is the highest level of federal approval given to assessments in adult education based on a rigorious process of independent review by measurement experts, and confirms the extent to which the MAPT is a high quality assessment program developed through a collaboration of UMass' Center for Educational Assessment, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Adult and Community Learning Services unit, and innumerable adult educators throughout Massachusetts.

Since January 2003, the Center for Educational Assessment at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMASS), under a contract awarded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, has worked closely with the Department's Office of Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS) to develop achievement tests in math and reading that are appropriate for adult learners in Massachusetts. These tests, called the Massachusetts Adult Proficiency Tests (MAPT), have been operational since September 2006. Key features of these tests are that they are (a) aligned to the National Reporting System's (NRS) Educational Functioning Levels (EFLs), (b) aligned with the curriculum frameworks established by ACLS and the adult basic education (ABE) community in Massachusetts, (c) designed to measure gain across the EFLs within the NRS, (d) consistent with the instruction in ABE classrooms as directed by these frameworks, and (e) developed with comprehensive input from teachers and administrators from the ABE community in Massachusetts.

More information about the MAPT can be accessed via the webpage of the Massachusetts DESE's Adult and Community Learning Services unit here.

Version 2 of the MAPT technical manual is available here.


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