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Quick Data Totals

Program Year Totals 2011

Number Enrolled 21,369
Attendance Hours 2,874,810
Completed Level 7,840
Completed a Level and Advance One or More Levels 6,705
Number Separated Before Completion 4,399
Remaining within Level 9,130
Percentage Completing Level 37%

Source: Office of Vocational and Adult Education. (2012, March) National Reporting System: Statistical Section, Massachusetts. Retrieved from OVAE Website:

Average Contact Hours Per Student line chart. 2006, 123; 2007, 126; 2008, 133; 2009, 135; 2010, 134; 2011, 135

Did You Know ...?

…Since 2006 the average contact hours per student in MA has risen by 10%.

State NRS Structure

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  • ABE: Massachusetts Adult Proficiency Test (MAPT) - Reading and Math; TABE 9 & 10 – Writing
  • ESL: BEST Plus--for SPL 0-6 students whose primary goal is to improve their speaking and listening skills; TABE CLAS-E Reading for SPL 0-6 students whose primary goal is to improve their reading skills; TABE CLAS-E Writing for SPL 0-6 students whose primary goal is to improve their writing skills
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 Data Systems
  • SMARTT-System for Managing Accountability and Results Through Technology
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 Followup Methods
  • GED: Data Match
  • Employment: Data Match and survey
  • Transition to Postsecondary Education or Training: Data Match and survey
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 Data Tools for Monitoring and Program Improvement
  • Reports are generated by the SMARTT ABE database thereby ensuring consistency with the data collected. Further, SMARTT includes date stamping and out of range data checking capabilities that are invisible to the user but enable ACLS to identify problematic entries, e.g., every student in a local program having the same attendance percent or same goal attainment percent. SMARTT is also used to generate a random selection of students and their key performance indicators for use in data audits.
  • The SMARTT ABE system includes an extensive business rules middle tier that automatically ensures most policies and procedures are followed.
  • The SMARTT ABE web database provides internal checks for error correction/data cleaning so that state staff can review and analyze data submitted rather than check for errors. In PY11, we added checks for scale scores entered for the TABE CLAS-E Writing test to ensure that accurate information is entered for the forms and levels entered. The user gets an error message if the scale score entered does not match the form and level in the Norms book. The user will not be able to enter incorrect information. For example, once a form of a test is entered in the system such as TABE 9, then only TABE 10 is shown for the next form to be entered. The system only allows correct ranges to be entered for each test, i.e. the range for BEST Plus scores is 88-999. If a score is entered out of that range, an error message pops up for the user identifying the allowable range for data entry. (2) The site section of the system has several assessment reports available ---one for each test (MAPT, TABE, BEST Plus, and CLAS-E Writing, and CLAS-E Reading) so the user can identify which form of the test to administer next as well as the next time the test needs to be administered. (3) The Cognos reporting tool allows users to print their federal reports at any time. (4) Monitoring and site visits by ABE Program Specialists also ensure the validity and reliability of the data that is entered. (5) We conduct data audits to ensure correspondence between what the program claims on behalf of students and what the students actually verify.

State Tools and Resources

Adult and Community Learning Services

Programs and People

Jolanta Conway

ABE State Director

Phone: (781) 338-3853



The National Reporting System for Adult Education (NRS) is administered by the Division of Adult Education and Literacy in the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education.