Excellence in Adult Education


In many adult education programs, teachers are required to administer and sometimes score standardized pre- and post-tests which are given to students at entry to the program and at intervals thereafter. In Illinois, programs funded by the Illinois Community College Board use the TABE test with ABE and ASE students. For ESL learners, programs have a choice of test instruments: BEST Literacy, BEST Plus, or CASAS. ESL programs may use one or even two of these tests.

Scores from these standardized tests are often used to place students into classes, advance them to the next level, or transition them out of adult education. Teachers can use the test results to guide their lesson planning. All programs must pre- and post-test students and report test scores to the state, which in turn reports to the federal Department of Education’s National Reporting System (NRS). Test scores are one element that determines state and federal funding.

For a brief overview of: BEST Literacy, BEST Plus, CASAS, and TABE, access the New Teacher Orientation. Additional online training is available for TABE.  For more information on training options, see below.

Like all other online courses offered via the iLEARN website, you will need a username and password to log into the iLEARN system.  If you don’t already have an account, you will be asked to create a new account. You will also need an “enrollment key” to access any online courses.


For New Teacher Orientation or TABE, contact the Southern Illinois Professional Development Center (SIPDC) www.siue.edu/SIPDC

Contact: Colleen Pottersipdctrainer@gmail.com


For CASAS, BEST Plus, and BEST Literacy, contact Adult Learning Resource Center (ALRC)  www.thecenterweb.org/alrc

Contact: Laurie Martin, lmartin@cntrmail.org or Julie Koffend, jkoffend@cntrmail.org

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