ERIC Number: ED418244
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Basic Skills Certification Manual: Guidelines for Iowa's Adult Basic Education Program.
Iowa State Dept. of Education, Des Moines. Div. of Community Colleges and Workforce Preparation.
In view of federal legislation being proposed for the reauthorization of the Adult Education Act that promotes increased program accountability and benchmarking of learner outcomes, this publication has been prepared as part of an effort to document student achievement in Iowa. Based on studies that have taken place over the past 17 years, this manual presents basic skills certification guidelines for Iowa's community college adult basic education program and background information about their development. Information is provided about the following: what has been learned through other states, accountability and Iowa's statewide accountability system; Iowa's Basic Skills Certification Program, certification guidelines, certification levels, target populations, and computer software [Tracking Outcomes for Programs and Students (TOPSpro)] used in the process. Skills levels and descriptions with standard and certification scaled score ranges for reading and mathematics, using the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS), are provided. The manual contains 21 references and two appendixes: (1) a chronological listing of adult basic education and general educational development accountability studies from 1980-1997, with their status and impact; and (2) samples of Iowa's basic skills certificates of achievement for CASAS Levels A-D in reading and mathematics. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Students, Basic Skills, Community Colleges, Educational Certificates, Educational Legislation, Educational Trends, Equivalency Tests, Federal Legislation, Program Development, Recognition (Achievement), State Standards, Student Certification
World Wide Web: http://www.state.ia.us/educate/commcoll/basic.html
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Dept. of Education, Des Moines. Div. of Community Colleges and Workforce Preparation.
Identifiers: Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System; Iowa