ERIC Number: ED467529
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Programs through Policy and Professional Development: Lessons Learned from Project Educational Quality in Adult Literacy (EQuAL).
Alamprese, Judith A.; Stickney, Eric M.
Project Educational Quality in Adult Literacy (EQuAL) was initiated to improve the quality of adult basic and literacy education (ABLE) services provided to adult learners in Pennsylvania. Project EQuAL's objectives were as follows: (1) set performance standards to facilitate delivery of quality ABLE programs to adult learners; (2) institute a system of continuous program improvement for adult education service providers; and (3) develop a coordinated infrastructure of policy, program development, training, and technical assistance to support delivery of high-quality ABLE. The following phases of Project EQuAL were implemented in 1994-1998: (1) alignment of Pennsylvania's process for monitoring ABLE programs with indicators of program quality; (2) training of staff from 10 Pilot 1 sites to form EQuAL improvement teams and conduct a problem-solving process to improve programs; (3) training of staff at 10 Pilot 2 sites and development of policies to support Project EQuAL's assessment and program activities; (4) enhancement of the pilot sites and implementation of policies and planning; and (5) training of staff at 64 Wave 1 sites. By the end of phase 5, a number of objectives related to state policy formation, training and technical assistance, and quality improvement had been achieved. Descriptions of the Project EQuAL cohorts are appended. (Contains 19 exhibits.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Educators, Adult Literacy, Coordination, Delivery Systems, Educational Finance, Educational Improvement, Educational Legislation, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Evaluation Criteria, Federal Legislation, Financial Support, Literacy Education, Performance Factors, Policy Formation, Professional Development, Program Evaluation, Staff Development, Standard Setting, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Technical Assistance, Training
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education.
Authoring Institution: Abt Associates, Inc., Bethesda, MD.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: National Literacy Act 1991; Workforce Investment Act 1998