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AEFLA : Adult Education State Grants - 2004

CFDA Number: 84.002 - Adult Education_State Grant Program


Program Goal: To support adult education systems that result in increased adult learner achievement in order to prepare adults for family, work, citizenship, and future learning.
Objective 8.1 of 1: Provide adult learners with opportunities to acquire basic foundation skills (including English language acquisition), complete secondary education, and transition to further education and training and to work.
Indicator 8.1.1 of 5: Basic skill acquisition: The percentage of adults in Adult Basic Education programs who acquire the level of basic skills needed (validated by standardized assessments) to complete the level of instruction in which they enrolled.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of adults in Adult Basic Education Programs who acquire the level of basic skills needed to complete the level of instruction in which they enrolled.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Percentage of adults
Percentage of adults
1997
40  
   
1998
31  
   
1999
44  
   
2000
26  
40  
2001
36  
40  
2002
37  
40  
2003
38  
41  
2004
   
42  


Explanation: Indicator has been changed to require validation of basic skills acquisition through standardized assessment. Because of change to the indicators, new performance target/baseline has been established. The baseline year is 2001. Data reflect percent of Adult Education Learners (Adults With Limited Basic Skills) who demonstrated a level of basic skill proficiency needed to advance to the next educational functioning level. Educational functioning levels range from beginning literacy through high school. Revised indicators require validation of basic skill proficiency through standardized assessment. New targets reflect a new standard.  
Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2004
Data Available: March 2005
Validated By: On-Site Monitoring By ED.
The 2003 data were verified by the Department's Standards for Evaluating Program Performance Data.

Limitations: As a third tier recipient of this data, the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) must rely on the states and local programs to collect and report data within published guidelines. Starting with the July 1, 2000, reporting period, OVAE implemented new data collection protocols, including standardized data collection methodologies and standards for automated data reporting and data quality review.

Improvements: OVAE has developed a data quality review process for states based on the Department's Standards for Evaluating Program Performance Data.

 
Indicator 8.1.2 of 5: Basic English language acquisition: Percentage of adults enrolled in English Literacy programs will acquire (validated by standardized assessment) the level of English language skills needed to complete the levels of instruction in which they enrolled.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of adults enrolled in English literacy programs who acquire the level of English language skills needed to complete the levels of instruction in which they enrolled. 2001 is the new baseline.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1996
30
 
1997
28
 
1998
28
 
1999
49
 
2000
20
40
2001
31
40
2002
34
42
2003
36
44
2004
 
45


Explanation: Indicator has been changed to require validation of basic skill acquisition through standardized assessment. Because of change to the indicator, new performance target/baseline has been established. Data reflect percent of English Literacy learners (adults with minimal English language skills) who demonstrated a level of English language proficiency needed to advance to the next educational functioning level. Educational functioning levels range from beginning-level English Literacy through advanced-level English Literacy. Revised indicators requires validation of English proficiency through standardized assessment. New targets reflect new standard.  
Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2004
Data Available: March 2005
Validated By: On-Site Monitoring By ED.
The 2003 data were verified by the Department's Standards for Evaluating Program Performance Data.

Limitations: As a third tier recipient of this data, OVAE must rely on the states and local programs to collect and report data within published guidelines. Starting with the July 1, 2000, reporting period, OVAE implemented new data collection protocols, including standardized data collection methodologies and standards for automated data reporting and data quality review.

Improvements: OVAE has developed a data quality review process for states based on the Department's Standards for Evaluating Program Performance Data.

 
Indicator 8.1.3 of 5: Secondary completion: Percentage of adults with a high school completion goal and who exit during the program year that earn a high school diploma or recognized equivalent.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of adults with a high school completion goal who earn a high school diploma or recognized equivalent.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Percent of adults
Percent of adults
1996
36
 
1997
37
 
1998
33
 
1999
34
 
2000
34
40
2001
33
40
2002
42
40
2003
44
41
2004
 
42


Explanation: Because of a change to the indicator, new performance benchmark targets have been established. The baseline year is 2001. The performance data reflect the % of adult learners with a goal to complete high school in secondary level programs of instruction, who, upon exit earned their high school diploma or GED credential within the reporting period.  
Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2004
Data Available: March 2005
Validated By: On-Site Monitoring By ED.
The 2003 data were verified by the Department's Standards for Evaluating Program Performance Data.

Limitations: As a third tier recipient of this data, the OVAE must rely on the states and local programs to collect and report data within published guidelines. Starting with the July 1, 2000, reporting period, OVAE implemented new data collection protocols, including standardized data collection methodologies and standards for automated data reporting.

Improvements: OVAE has developed a data quality review process for states based on the Department's Standards for Evaluating Program Performance Data.

 
Indicator 8.1.4 of 5: Transition to post-secondary education or training: Percentage of enrolled adults with a goal to enter postsecondary education or training who exit during the program year that enroll in a postsecondary education or training program.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of adults with a goal to enter postsecondary education or training who enroll in a postsecondary education or training program.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Number of adults Percentage of adults
Number of adults Percentage of adults
1996
175,255  
   
1997
178,520  
   
1998
158,167  
   
1999
148,803  
   
2000
161,650  
300,000  
2001
  25
   
2002
  30
  25
2003
  30
  26
2004
   
  27


Explanation: Because of the change to the indicator, new performance benchmarks/targets have been established. The baseline year is 2001. The new performance data reflect the percentage of adult learners with a goal of further education or training, who, upon exit from adult education, enrolled in a postsecondary education or training program.  
Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2004
Data Available: March 2005
Validated By: On-Site Monitoring By ED.
The 2003 data were verified by the Department's Standards for Evaluating Program Performance Data.

Limitations: As a third tier recipient of this data, OVAE must rely on the states and local programs to collect and report data within published guidelines. Starting with the July 1, 2000, reporting period, OVAE implemented new data collection protocols, including standardized data collection methodologies and standards for automated data reporting and a data quality review.

Improvements: OVAE has developed a data quality review process for states based on the Department's Standards for Evaluating Program Performance Data.

 
Indicator 8.1.5 of 5: Transition to work: The percentage of unemployed adults with an employment goal who obtain a job by the end of the first quarter after their program exit quarter.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of adults with an employment goal who obtain a job by the end of the first quarter after their program exit quarter.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Number of adults Percentage of adults
Number of adults Percentage of adults
1996
306,982  
   
1997
340,206  
   
1998
294,755  
   
1999
409,062  
   
2000
454,318  
425,000  
2001
  36
   
2002
  39
  36
2003
  37
  37
2004
   
  38


Explanation: Because of the change to the indicator, new performance benchmark targets have been established. The baseline year is 2001. The 2001 performance data reflect the percentage of adult learners with an employment goal, who, upon exit from an adult education program obtain a job.  
Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2004
Data Available: March 2005
Validated By: On-Site Monitoring By ED.
The 2003 data were verified by the Department's Standards for Evaluating Program Performance Data.

Limitations: As a third tier recipient of this data, OVAE must rely on the states and local programs to collect and report data within published guidelines. Starting with the July 1, 2000, reporting period, OVAE implemented new data collection protocols, including standardized data collection methodologies and standards for automated data reporting and a data quality review.

Improvements: OVAE has developed a data quality review process for states based on the Department's Standards for Evaluating Program Performance Data.

 

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