How Entry EFLs are Set for NRS reporting

Revised 9/30/18

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SiD sets the Entry Educational Functioning Levels (Entry EFLs) used for NRS reporting. It compares pre- and post-tests to find level changes, and determines which tests to use to as the student's starting point. Keep these facts in mind:

  • All valid pre-tests have the potential of becoming the Entry EFL for NRS reporting.
  • ESL levels are always lower than ABE levels.
  • EFL selection can change during the year. Whenever any test is given, it could change the pre-test chosen to set the EFL.

Test selection

1. The software looks for valid pre-tests.

  • The software finds all family/subject test combinations given in the 12 months before the Start Date of the report being run. The default report Start Date is July 1 for NRS program year tables, and May 1 for Table A. The most recent of each test family/subject is selected as a pre-test for the current NRS year, so a student may have multiple pre-tests for the same year.
  • When there are no tests in the prior year, the software uses the first test in each family/subject given in the current NRS year as a pre-test.
  • Students with no valid tests are marked as No EFL on Table A.

2. The software compares all pre- and post-test(s) to determine if the student gained a level.
3. The software determines which Entry EFL to report based on the following factors: 

For students with level gains:

A. If there is a gain in ONLY one test/subject combination, the software will set the Entry EFL to that level.

B. For students who show a level gain in more than one subject area, the software will choose the test/subject pre-test with the lowest EFL.

For students with NO level gain:

C. When a post-test is given in only one test/subject, the pre-test for that combo is used to determine the Entry EFL.

D. Students with post-tests in more than one subject (but no gain in any of them) are assigned the lowest Entry EFL from those combinations in which they were post-tested.

E. If a student was not post-tested in any combination, they are assigned the lowest pre-test EFL.

For students who drop a level:

F. When a post-test result is lower than the pre-test, the original pre-test level will be used as the Entry EFL.


The EFL calculation was modified 7/1/18 for the 18-19 NRS program year. The change affected students with multiple pretests, one of which is ABE Level 6, but no post-tests/level gains.

Before 7/1/18, there was no published ABE 6 target for level completion. These students were slotted into ABE 6 rather than their lowest subject.

Beginning 7/1/18, there is an ABE 6 target. Now these students are assigned to the level of their lowest subject. They are not counted as ABE 6 by default.

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