NRS Federal Level tables

This is drawn from pages 2-3 of "FY2018 and FY2019 Assessment Manual."

NRS Levels and Score Ranges for Assessments Used in Massachusetts

 

There are twelve NRS levels, six levels for Adult Education and six levels for ESOL. A Student’s NRS level is determined by the pre-test score on one of the above six assessments approved in Massachusetts.

 Placement tests developed by programs in-house cannot be used to determine a student’s NRS level. Programs will not necessarily have students placed in all twelve NRS levels.

 Programs may design classes with students functioning at a range of NRS levels (for example, a level 1 ESOL class may have students functioning at both the beginning ESL literacy level and low beginning ESL level), however, programs should be cautious to not have classes of students functioning at a wide range of NRS levels.

 Table 2 below shows the NRS EFL, Grade Level Equivalencies (GLE) and Score Ranges for the Massachusetts approved Adult Education assessments.

Table 2

NRS EFL

GLE Range

MAPT

TABE 9/10 Reading

TABE 9/10 Math

TABE 9/10 Language

Beginning Literacy

0-1.9

N/A

367 and below

313 and below

389 and below

Beginning Basic

2-3.9

200-299

368-460

314-441

390-490

Low Intermediate

4-5.9

300-399

461-517

442-505

491-523

High Intermediate

6-8.9

400-499

518-566

506-565

524-559

Low Adult Secondary Education

9-10.9

500-599

567-595

566-594

560-585

High Adult Secondary Education

11-12.9

600-700

596 and above

595 and above

586 and above

 

Table 3 below shows the NRS EFL and the score ranges for the ESOL assessments approved in Massachusetts.

Table 3

NRS EFL

BEST Plus 2.0

CLAS-E Writing

CLAS-E Reading

Beginning Literacy ESL

88-361

200-396

250-392

Low Beginning ESL

362-427

397-445

393-436

High Beginning ESL

428-452

446-488

437-476

Low Intermediate ESL

453-484

489-520

477-508

High Intermediate ESL

485-524

521-555

509-557

Advanced ESL

525-564

556-612

558 and above

 

The exit criteria from NRS are: for BEST Plus 2.0-a score of 565 and above, for CLAS-E Writing-a score of 612 and above, and for CLAS-E Reading-a score of 588 and above.

 Note that the BEST Plus 2.0 NRS score ranges no longer correlate with the BEST Plus 2.0 SPL ranges. Programs must always use the NRS score ranges, not the SPL ranges to determine a student’s EFL gain on the BEST Plus 2.0.

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