ERIC Number: ED454399
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Piloting the AIM Project: Measuring Progress for Program Evaluation and Accountability.
Mundie, Karen; Thompson, Debbie; Joyce, Michelle
The AIM (Assessment, Instruction, Mastery) system is a performance-based assessment that was developed in Oregon. The AIM system was piloted by 83 volunteers and staff from 18 volunteer-based programs to assess the system's usefulness as a means of collecting and aggregating data on student progress in adult literacy and similar programs in Pennsylvania. Six programs that had received AIM training in prior years also worked with the assessment on a more intensive level. They reported that, of the 192 students to whom AIM was assigned, 44 completed some skills on the AIM checklist and 43 showed posttest gains, and 10 students completed the checklist they were assigned and moved on to the next level. Based on the sample portfolios received, it was concluded that tutors gave more attention to correct documentation and collection of evidence during the current project year than in past years. Close mentoring of tutors using the AIM checklists was found to ensure better student progress on the AIM checklists. The AIM training was revised again after the second year. A role-playing activity for tutors was added. The project was slated for continuation. AIM tutor tips and an AIM student progress report form are appended. (MN)
Descriptors: Adoption (Ideas), Adult Basic Education, Adult Educators, Adult Literacy, Check Lists, Comparative Analysis, English (Second Language), Evaluation Methods, Feasibility Studies, Guidelines, Literacy Education, Mentors, Performance Based Assessment, Pilot Projects, Portfolio Assessment, Portfolios (Background Materials), Pretests Posttests, Statewide Planning, Student Evaluation, Teacher Attitudes, Tutoring, Tutors, Volunteers
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, PA.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania