FR Doc 04-10697
[Federal Register: May 11, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 91)]
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[Page 26087-26088]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 
List of Approved ``Ability-to-Benefit'' (ATB) Tests and Passing 
Scores

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice to remove the CTB/McGraw-Hill Test of Adult Basic 
Education (TABE) from the list of approved ``Ability-to-Benefit'' 
tests.

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SUMMARY: The Secretary gives notice that the CTB/McGraw-Hill Ability-
to-Benefit Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE): (Reading, Total 
Mathematics, and Language)--Forms 7 and 8, Level A, Complete Battery 
and Survey test is being removed from the list of approved Ability-to-
Benefit (ATB) tests.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Secretary is amending the list of 
approved ATB tests and passing scores that was published in the Federal 
Register on September 4, 2002 (67 FR 56539) by removing the CTB/McGraw-
Hill TABE test and its passing scores from the ATB list. The list was 
published under the authority of section

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484(d) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA) and the 
regulations the Secretary promulgated to implement that section in 34 
CFR part 668, subpart J.
    An institution will no longer be permitted to use this test to 
determine if a student who does not have a high school diploma or its 
recognized equivalent is eligible to receive funds under any title IV, 
HEA program. The title IV, HEA programs include the Federal Pell Grant, 
Federal Family Education Loan, William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan, 
Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Work-Study, Federal Supplemental 
Educational Opportunity Grant, and the Leveraging Educational 
Assistance Partnership (LEAP) programs.

Transition

    Institutions are allowed to continue to make ATB eligibility 
determinations using the tests and passing scores that were listed in 
the September 4, 2002 Federal Register notice, including the CTB/
McGraw-Hill Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE): (Reading, Total 
Mathematics, Language)--Forms 7 and 8, Level A, Complete Battery and 
Survey Versions until September 8, 2004. After September 8, 2004, only 
the tests and passing scores listed in this notice may be used.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan Klock, U.S. Department of 
Education, Federal Student Aid, Union Center Plaza, 830 First Street, 
NE., Washington, DC 20202-5345. Telephone: (202) 377-4026.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may 
call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an 
alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) on request to the contact person listed under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT.
    List of approved tests and passing scores: For the convenience of 
all interested parties, we have listed the seven approved ATB tests and 
passing scores that may continue to be used as approved ATB tests.
    1. ASSET Program: Basic Skills Tests (Reading, Writing, and 
Numerical)--Forms B2, C2, D2 and E2.
    Passing Scores: The approved passing scores on this test are as 
follows: Reading (35), Writing (35), and Numerical (33).
    Publisher: The test publisher and the address, contact person, 
telephone, and fax number of the test publisher are: American College 
Testing (ACT), Placement Assessment Programs, 2201 North Dodge Street, 
P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, Iowa 52243, Contact: Dr. John D. Roth, 
Telephone: (319) 337-1030, Fax: (319) 337-1790.
    2. Career Programs Assessment (CPAT) Basic Skills Subtests 
(Language Usage, Reading and Numerical)--Forms B and C.
    Passing Scores: The approved passing scores on this test are as 
follows: Language Usage (42), Reading (43), and Numerical (41).
    Publisher: The test publisher and the address, contact person, 
telephone, and fax number of the test publisher are: American College 
Testing (ACT), Placement Assessment Programs, 2201 North Dodge Street, 
P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, Iowa 52243, Contact: Dr. John D. Roth, 
Telephone: (319) 337-1030, Fax: (319) 337-1790.
    3. COMPASS Subtests: Prealgebra/Numerical Skills Placement, Reading 
Placement, and Writing Placement.
    Passing Scores: The approved passing scores on this test are as 
follows: Prealgebra/Numerical (25), Reading (62), and Writing (32).
    Publisher: The test publisher and the address, contact person, 
telephone, and fax number of the test publisher are: American College 
Testing (ACT), Placement Assessment Programs, 2201 North Dodge Street, 
P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, Iowa 52243, Contact: Dr. John D. Roth, 
Telephone: (319) 337-1030, Fax: (319) 337-1790.
    4. Combined English Language Skills Assessment (CELSA), Forms 1 and 
2.
    Passing Scores: The approved passing scores on this test are as 
follows: CELSA Form 1 (90) and CELSA Form 2 (90).
    Publisher: The test publisher and the address, contact person, 
telephone, and fax number of the test publisher are: Association of 
Classroom Teacher Testers (ACTT), 1187 Coast Village Road, PMB 378, 
Montecito, California 93108-2794, Contact: Pablo Buckelew, Telephone: 
(805) 569-0734, Fax: (805) 569-0004.
    5. Computerized Placement Tests (CPTs)/Accuplacer (Reading 
Comprehension, Sentence Skills, and Arithmetic).
    Passing Scores: The approved passing scores on this test are as 
follows: Reading Comprehension (55), Sentence Skills (60), and 
Arithmetic (34).
    Publisher: The test publisher and the address, contact person, 
telephone, and fax number of the test publisher are: The College Board, 
45 Columbus Avenue, New York, New York 10023-6992, Contact: Ms. Suzanne 
Murphy, Telephone: (405) 842-9891, Fax: (405) 842-9894.
    6. Descriptive Tests: Descriptive Tests of Language Skills (DTLS) 
(Reading Comprehension, Sentence Structure and Conventions of Written 
English)--Forms M-K-3KDT and M-K-3LDT; and Descriptive Tests of 
Mathematical Skills (DTMS) (Arithmetic)--Forms M-K-3KDT and M-K-3LDT.
    Passing Scores: The approved passing scores on this test are as 
follows: Reading Comprehension (108), Sentence Structure (9), 
Conventions of Written English (309), and Arithmetic (506).
    Publisher: The test publisher and the address, contact person, 
telephone, and fax number of the test publisher are: The College Board, 
45 Columbus Avenue, New York, New York 10023-6992, Contact: Ms. Suzanne 
Murphy, Telephone: (405) 842-9891, Fax: (405) 842-9894.
    7. Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST)--Verbal Forms VS-1 & VS-2, 
Quantitative Forms QS-1 & QS-2.
    Passing scores: The approved passing scores on this test are as 
follows: Verbal (200) and Quantitative (210).
    Publisher: The test publisher and the address, contact person, and 
telephone, and fax number of the test publisher are: Wonderlic 
Personnel Test, Inc., 1795 N. Butterfield Road, Libertyville, IL 60048, 
Contact: Mr. David Teuber, Telephone: (877) 605-9499, Fax: (847) 680-
9492.
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    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1091(d).

    Dated: May 6, 2004.
Theresa S. Shaw,
Chief Operating Officer, Federal Student Aid.
[FR Doc. 04-10697 Filed 5-10-04; 8:45 am]

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