U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Educational Excellence for all Americans

A r c h i v e d  I n f o r m a t i o n

National Institute for Literacy

Goal 8: To provide the adult education and literacy field with the knowledge, resources, and infrastructure necessary to improve the quality of literacy instruction and the achievement of learners.
Objective 1 of 4: PROVIDE LITERACY INSTRUCTORS, STUDENTS, AND ADMINISTRATORS WITH AN INTERNET-BASED, STATE-OF-THE-ART INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM--THE LITERACY INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM (LINCS)--THAT IMPROVES THE QUALITY AND INCREASES THE AVAILABILITY OF LITERACY SERVICES.
Indicator 8.1.1 of 3: Improving quality: The percentage of LINCS users judging its information and communications resources useful in improving the quality and availability of literacy services will increase annually.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of users
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Percentage of users
Percentage of users
2000
83.70
 
2001
 
88.70
Status: Unable to judge. Initial data was collected in December 2000 and baseline was set.

Explanation: This is the percentage of LINCS users who rated LINCS' usefulness as excellent or very good.  
Additional Source Information: Online survey of LINCS users.

Frequency: Other.
Collection Period: 2001.
Validated By: No Formal Verification.

Limitations: Dependent upon who uses site.

 
Indicator 8.1.2 of 3: Expanding use of technology: The number of instructors trained to use LINCS will increase.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Number of instructors
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Number of instructors
Number of instructors
1998
4,900
 
1999
6,000
5,880
2000
10,956
5,880
2001
 
11,504
Status: Target exceeded.

Explanation: In FY 2000, 10,956 instructors received the performance target set for 5,880 instructors. This includes hands on and online TA and repeated usage of one of LINCS' servers  
Additional Source Information: Enrollment data at LINCS training.

Frequency: Quarterly.
Collection Period: 2001.
Validated By: No Formal Verification.

 
Indicator 8.1.3 of 3: Technology in the classroom: By 2002, of those trained through LINCS, 40 percent will report an expanded use of technology and improvement in the quality of instruction.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of instructors
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Percentage of instructors
Percentage of instructors
2000
 
40
2001
 
40
2002
 
40
Status: Unable to judge. Incomplete data were collected, but the data available indicate that the performance target was not met.

Explanation: Follow-up comprehensive surveys implemented in limited cases, where states could bring practitioners back for more in-depth training.  
Additional Source Information: Follow up survey of a sample of instructors trained to use LINCS.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2001.
Validated By: No Formal Verification.

 

Objective 2 of 4: IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF INSTRUCTION FOR ADULTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES, ESPECIALLY IN THE AREA OF READING.
Indicator 8.2.1 of 2: Improving instruction for learning-disabled adults: By 2002, a higher proportion of individuals trained in the use of Bridges to Practice, a set of guidebooks for identifying and serving adults with LD, will report satisfaction with it as a means of improving services and the quality of instruction for LD adults.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of individuals
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Percentage of individuals
Percentage of individuals
2000
88
70
2001
 
90
Status: Target exceeded.

Explanation: Over 6,000 individuals have been trained in the use of Bridges to Practice. Data collected and analyzed shows that over 88 percent reported satisfaction with it as a means of both improving services and the quality of instruction.  
Additional Source Information: Survey of training participants.

Frequency: Other.
Collection Period: 2001.
Validated By: No Formal Verification.

 
Indicator 8.2.2 of 2: Training teachers for better reading instruction: The number of teachers trained to use a research-based reading approach will increase annually.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Number of teachers
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
- No Data -
Status: Unable to judge. Work on this indicator is scheduled to begin in FY 2002. Baseline will be available at that time.

 
Additional Source Information: Data will be from participant evaluations.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002.
Data Available: Unknown 2003.
Validated By: No Formal Verification.

Limitations: To be determined.

 

Objective 3 of 4: EQUIPPED FOR THE FUTURE SYSTEM REFORM PROJECT. DEVELOP CONTENT STANDARDS, PERFORMANCE STANDARDS, AND ASSESSMENTS THAT WILL IMPROVE LITERACY ABILITIES IN A BROAD ARRAY OF SKILL AREAS.
Indicator 8.3.1 of 2: Expanding the number of practitioners trained to use the EFF standards: The number of teachers trained to use EFF will by 10 percent each year.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Number of teachers
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Number of teachers
Number of teachers
2000
760
 
2001
 
836
2002
 
940
Status: Unable to judge. As originally proposed, the baseline year of data on EFF training began in FY 2000.

Explanation: EFF training began in September 1999. Thus the baseline period for this indicator was September 1999 through September 2000.  
Additional Source Information: Data on the number of practitioners who receive EFF training.

Frequency: Annually.
Validated By: No Formal Verification.

 
Indicator 8.3.2 of 2: Improving instruction of adult learners: A higher proportion of practitioners who have received more than the introductory training in using the Equipped for the Future framework and standards will report satisfaction with them as a means of providing more effective instruction to adults who come to their programs.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of practitioners
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Percentage of practitioners
Percentage of practitioners
1999
 
70
2000
76
70
2001
 
81
Status: Target exceeded.

Explanation: The total percentage of participants who rated the usefulness of EFF standards in their work as 3,4, or 5, on a five-point scale was 95 percent, with 76 percent ratings at the two highest levels.  
Additional Source Information: Practitioners trained to use EFF.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2001.
Validated By: No Formal Verification.

 

Objective 4 of 4: INCREASE AWARENESS OF THE AVAILABILITY OF LITERACY SERVICES AND THE NEED FOR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SUPPORT FOR LITERACY EFFORTS.
Indicator 8.4.1 of 1: Recruitment and program support: The number of youth and young adult literacy volunteers (ages 16-24) will increase 20 percent in the 15 cities participating in the NIFL literacy promotion activities.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Baseline of youth and young adult volunteers in the 15 cities
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Number of youth and young adults
Number of youth and young adults
1999
1,121
 
2000
2,526
1,345
Status: Unable to judge. Materials development and training for the campaign has been ongoing. Radio PSAs began in all 15 cities in November 1999, and other materials became available in January 2000.

Explanation: The 2,526 includes the 1,121 youth initially involved as well as the additional 1,405 who became involved in FY2000. This is an increase of 125 percent, and exceeded the performance target.  
Additional Source Information: Reports from each of the 15 cities to the National Alliance of Urban Literacy Coalitions (NAULC), with funding from the NIFL, will work with the cities to receive the data and report to the NIFL.

Frequency: Other.
Collection Period: 2001.
Data Available: Unknown 2002.
Validated By: No Formal Verification.

 

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