ERIC Number: ED327645
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Review of Evaluation Procedures Used in Project POWER.
Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center on Education and Training for Employment.
Project POWER is a workplace literacy program conducted by Triton College. The project offers courses in English as a Second Language (ESL) and Adult Basic Education (ABE) to employers who are willing to pay their employees for half their class time and for 15 percent of the instructional costs. By the end of January 1990, the project had conducted 53 courses for 11 employers, enrolling 465 employees. Recommended practices were followed in planning and conducting the courses, including conducting a literacy skill audit for each company and incorporating company-specific materials in instruction. Students completed evaluation questionnaires at the end of each course and most of their responses were positive. Pre- and post-testing were conducted for almost all courses. The average gain for ESL students was half a grade level. The ABE students improved an average two-thirds to 1.5 grade equivalent. These gains are consistent with the 48 hours of instruction provided. The evaluation showed that, overall, the project achieved its objectives. However, the "literacy skills profile" that was specified was not created, and it could not be determined whether the objective to increase performance to levels established in the profile was achieved. (ESL and literacy assessment summaries and evaluation forms are appended.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Triton Coll., River Grove, IL.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center on Education and Training for Employment.