ERIC Number: ED253731
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Adult Basic Education Programs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Evaluation Report: Fiscal Year 1983-84.
Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Div. of Advisory Services.
Although the level of funding for adult education programs in Pennsylvania was reduced from 1982-83 to 1983-84, progress was made in increasing the availability of adult basic education (ABE) programs throughout the State and in decreasing the overall rate of premature separations of students from ABE programs. Total hours of service to ABE students increased; however, 2,293 fewer students were served. Demographic characteristics of the 27,992 students receiving services during the year under study were similar to those of students served in previous years. Those students who were served indicated that their primary reason for participating in ABE programming was to obtain a diploma. Most often (27.9 percent of the time), students learned about ABE programming from friends, with human service agencies referring 13.2 percent of the enrollees to ABE programs. The 1983-84 student-to-staff ratio was 14 to 1 as opposed to 15 to 1 in 1982-83. Despite the problems caused by insufficient funding, progress was made in the areas of expanding services to special ABE target groups, infusing adult competency curricula into ABE programming, and increasing enrollments and student retention in ABE programs. (This report includes 20 tables, 5 figures, and a series of appendixes containing various survey instruments used to gather data for the evaluation, a summary of ABE programming by county, and descriptions of projects funded by section 310 of the Adult Education Act.) (Author/MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Programs, Advisory Committees, Compensation (Remuneration), Delivery Systems, Demography, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Rate, Educational Needs, Enrollment, Innovation, Inservice Teacher Education, Outcomes of Education, Program Costs, Program Effectiveness, Questionnaires, Special Needs Students, Staff Development, Staff Utilization, State Programs, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Student Characteristics, Student Evaluation, Tables (Data), Teacher Characteristics
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Div. of Advisory Services.
Identifiers: Pennsylvania; 310 Project