Assessment


Standardized assessments

In order to track the progress of learners in our Tutoring Program, we use standardized assessments recommended by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for Adult English instructional programs.  Learners are tested when they enter the program, at the start of tutoring, and again at exit, when their tutoring is ending.  Information on each individual learner’s test scores is shared with learners and their tutors.  

For learners who enroll in tutoring to improve their speaking and listening skills, English At Large administers the BEST Plus standardized assessment. 

For learners who enroll in tutoring to improve their reading and writing skills, English At Large administers the TABE CLAS E standardized writing assessment.

Assessments are administered by English At Large volunteers and staff, who are trained and certified as test assessors.   

English At Large recognizes that standardized assessments present only one window into learner achievement. We encourage tutors to use assessment scores as a teaching tool, but not to place undue emphasis on assessment performance.

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Please read this important announcement from an EAL Partner and join us in saying Congratulations and thank you to Eva A. Millona for your tireless efforts and leadership on behalf of local immigrants! Our communities are stronger and safer because of what MIRA: Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition has accomplished and inspired during your tenure. We wish you great success in her new role!MIRA is announcing today that our President and Chief Executive Officer Eva A.Millona will be stepping down to assume a senior leadership position with the Biden/Harris Administration. Millona has led MIRA, the largest organization representing the foreign-born community in New England, for more than 12 years. Effective May 25, she will assume the position of Assistant Secretary for Partnership and Engagement at the Department of Homeland Security.

“It has been the greatest honor and privilege of my life to serve MIRA, and I am looking forward to working with the Biden/Harris administration to advance shared values and strengthen the fabric of our nation,” said Millona. “I am proud of the incredible accomplishments MIRA has achieved during my time here – growing the power of the coalition, securing major policy wins at the local, state, and national levels, and advancing an inclusion agenda that was then adopted as a national model. With MIRA’s remarkable record of success and an amazing board, staff, members, and programs, I know they are well-positioned for this transition.”

“While the MIRA community will miss Eva’s talented, charismatic leadership, we are deeply proud of what she has accomplished for the organization over the years. Eva catapulted MIRA into one of the most high-profile players on the local, state and national levels, while also growing and diversifying the organization’s membership and staff,” said John Willshire-Carrera, Chair of the MIRA Coalition’s Board of Directors. “Of course, Eva’s work on behalf of immigrant and refugee communities is not complete and we look forward to all that she will accomplish alongside President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. We are deeply grateful for Eva’s years of service and her invaluable contributions to the MIRA Coalition and to immigrant and refugee communities across Massachusetts. Thanks to her leadership, MIRA’s future is very bright.”
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Please read this important announcement from an EAL Partner and join us in saying Congratulations and thank you to Eva A. Millona for your tireless efforts and leadership on behalf of local immigrants!  Our communities are stronger and safer because of what MIRA: Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition has accomplished and inspired during your tenure.  We wish you great success in her new role!
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