ERIC Number: ED382057
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
The Arlington Adult Learning System (AALS) Final Report, October 1992-December 1994.
Arlington County Public Schools, VA. REEP, Arlington Education and Employment Program.
The Arlington (Virginia) Adult Learning System (AALS), a program designed to link resources and enhance services of English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) providers, is described. The AALS is a consortium in which an adult education provider (the public school system) coordinates efforts of its own organization with a community-based organization, a vocational institute, and a university to transition limited-English-proficient adults into college and vocational training. The report analyzes the AALS from the point of view of program design, outcomes, and processes related to the project's objectives as well as impact the project has had on learners, institutions, and service delivery systems in Arlington. The report also includes discussion of challenges faced, lessons learned, and strategies for institutionalization. Sections describe: the partner programs; the rationale for creating a transitional program; program services; first year (1992-93) objectives; second-year (1993-94) objectives; accomplishment of objectives; project impact on learners; supporting data (course completion, transition data, standardized test data); impact on institutions and systems; challenges to implementation and lessons learned; dissemination activities; efforts at institutionalization; and evidence of program replicability. It is concluded that AALS has enabled ESL service providers to develop a full-service system of training to address a wide range of language learning needs and goals, with both learners and institutions benefitting. Appendices include: entry level descriptions; electronic data management: screens; individualized education plans; progress reports; needs assessment; application process; participant demographics; schedule of services; project completion surveys; Arlington Education and Employment Program (REEP) Curriculum: Index of Topics; and an article from the "Watesol News." (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Agency Cooperation, Community Organizations, Consortia, English (Second Language), Higher Education, Limited English Speaking, Postsecondary Education, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, School Districts, Second Language Programs, Transitional Programs, Universities, Vocational Education
ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Ohio State University - Center on Education and Training for Employment, 1900 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1090; Virginia Adult Education and Literacy Resource Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Room 4080 Oliver Hall, 1015 W. Main Street, Richmond, VA 23284-2020; U.S. Department of Education, Division of Adult Education and Literacy Clearinghouse, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20202-7240.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Arlington County Public Schools, VA. REEP, Arlington Education and Employment Program.