|42 States Have Agreed on Performance Levels
||At press time, 42 states and outlying areas had reached tentative agreement with the Office of Vocational and Adult Education on performance targets for years four and five of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act. Performance targets must be approved by the Division Director and Assistant Secretary. Among states still discussing levels with the Department, the remaining point generally is whether some proposed levels are sufficient to demonstrate continuous improvement in performance of adult education programs in the fourth and fifth years.
|MA Auditors Check Learners' Gain Data
||Massachusetts isn't the "show-me" state, but its state Department of Education is making sure learner gain data is valid and reliable. The state has hired an accounting firm to contact a random sample of learners to verify: their active enrollment and period of attendance; goals set and attained; and satisfaction with the services received. The accounting firm sends a report to the state Department of Education. The Department then holds a meeting with local program officials and the auditor to discuss recommendations related to the accuracy, timeliness and quality of the program's data collection and recording processes. Contact email@example.com.
|ID Ties Down Share of Incentive Grant
||Idaho state director of adult education Shirley Spencer announced last week that collaborations among state agencies have netted $244,000 of the $975,000 available to the state as an incentive grant to be used for adult education activities. ID is one of just a dozen states that earned incentive grants by exceeding their performance measures in Title I, vocational and adult education programs. States have the option of using any or all of their incentive grant funds for WIA Title I, vocational education or adult education activities. Spencer plans to use the funds to purchase the latest version of standardized tests for all adult education programs, train staff, test out different strategies of research-based instruction and support an additional component of activity for the state's currently funded Community Technology Centers program. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org..
|Adult Health Builder: Love A Pet
||Here's something for health literacy professionals that could help adult learners. Consistent research findings link pets with enhanced physical, mental and emotional well being in adults, the Washington Post reports. Recent studies confirm pet owners have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels than folks without pets. Purdue University researchers found people experienced significant declines in blood pressure after watching fish in an aquarium for just 20 minutes. An earlier University of Maryland study following heart patients found pet owners actually outlived their pet-less counterparts. Dogs were excluded to be sure dog-walking exercise wasn't causing the disparity. Patients with iguanas, fish and gerbils did just as well. See the Washington Post online article.
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