Practices with Promise Success Story
Submitted By: Adrienne Ann Mullen, Los Angeles Community College District
Successful for Large Community College Distict
- Type of Practice: Data & Accountability
- Targeted Population: Adult Basic Education Students, English Language Learners
- Program Area(s): Adult Basic & Secondary Education, English as a Second Language & Citizenship
- Consortia Involved: Los Angeles Regional Adult Education Consortium
The Data and Accountability (D&A) allocation was used to build capacity of faculty and staff members across the Adult Education (AE) program areas, including WIOA II/CASAs, by supporting professional development and building technology resources. Historically, LACCD sent a small delegation to the annual CASAS Conference. Colleges not did utilize best-practices and uniformity in data collection or necessarily use their data to inform program decisions.
With the support of D&A funds, LACCD sent large delegations from across the district to train in CASAS best practices, policies, and accountability. Furthermore, LACCD used their D&A dollars to purchase a set of surface pros (40), a charging cart, and a printer for each of the nine college AE programs with the goal to move the college programs from paper/pencil testing to web-based testing, which established stronger accountability, reduced errors, and provided on-the-spot results.
A district AE D&A best-practice committee was established and meets regularly to address the site level needs, procedures and protocols that are grant-related, share best-practices, and ensure that LACCD is in compliance with WIOA II and CAEP reporting. LACCD now has better AE data to review and analyze.
The investment in professional development and technology yielded more faculty and staff members trained, increase in the number of students tested, as well as growth in retention and persistence across AE. LACCD increased paired testing from 9600 to over 13,000 on average for the last two year, the literacy gains have increased a minimum of 2000 points over the same period.