Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS)

Announcement of Draft 2018 Indicators of Program Quality for Review and Comment

January 25, 2017 Dear Program Directors, I am pleased to present the attached (draft) 2018 Indicators of Program Quality (IPQs) Download MS WORD Document for your review and comment. ACLS consulted an advisory group of directors in developing these IPQs and conducted an extensive review of IPQs from other states and resources within ESE. The purpose of the IPQs is to help Community Adult Learning Centers (CALCs) and Correctional Institutions measure the quality and progress of their programs. To that end, the IPQs will serve as a guide to programs in developing their continuous improvement planning processes. The final IPQs will also serve as a framework for site and monitoring visits. The IPQs are divided into two categories: Student Success and Capacity.
  • Student Success: focuses on student progress toward postsecondary education, training, and/or employment leading to a family-sustaining wage.
  • Capacity: focuses on the effectiveness of staff and ABE directors in their respective roles.
These draft IPQs strive to articulate the essential characteristics of a high quality Community Adult Learning Center. They reflect ACLS' policy shifts toward: (1) program flexibility, (2) an ABE system that is focused on outcomes, and (3) alignment with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) priorities, specifically the 13 WIOA considerations. There will be a workshop at the Directors' Meeting in May on the IPQs and their use in program self-evaluation and ACLS monitoring and site visits. Please take time to review the indicators and comment by Friday, February 10, 2017. Your feedback will inform future revisions to the IPQs.

Jolanta Conway
ABE State Director

Last Updated: January 25, 2017

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