ERIC Number: ED427236
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
How Adult Education Program Improvement Is Working in Pennsylvania. An Introduction to Pennsylvania's Adult Basic and Literacy Education Program Improvement Initiative.
Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13, Lancaster, PA.
EQUAL (Educational Quality or Adult Literacy) is Pennsylvania's program improvement initiative that measures performance by the quality of education learners receive. For 3 years, Project EQUAL was piloted in adult education agencies throughout the state. Beginning in 1997, the pilot projects helped to develop a process for continuous program improvement for 22 adult basic and literacy education programs. During the first 2 years, the pilot programs systematically collected learner assessment data on a sample of learners. In the third year, the pilot projects reviewed the results of their learner assessment data and began to analyze their own assessment practices and results. Data were used to view program performance against indicators of program quality, especially in the areas of assessment, curriculum, and instruction. At the state level, assessment data submitted on 1,800 adult learners were analyzed. After 3 years of EQUAL, many changes are evident, including the following: (1) programs are standardizing their intake, assessment, and close-out procedures; (2) new monitoring practices are in place to document the progress of students who leave before completing a program; (3) multi-service agencies are working as a team, using common intake and data collection procedures; (4) staff are using data collection and analysis as tools for program improvement, not just program requirements; and (5) program improvement activities are becoming part of ongoing staff development. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education.
Authoring Institution: Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13, Lancaster, PA.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania