Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS)

Policy Memorandum 17.03: Assessment Policy Changes — Effective FY17

To:ABE Educators
From:Jolanta Conway, ABE State Director
Date:January 27, 2017

This purpose of this memorandum is to announce a change in Assessment Policy in order to better align with the National Reporting System (NRS) assessment guidelines.

Assessment Policy Changes — Effective FY17

  1. Assessment of Students Enrolled April 1 or After

    Students who are enrolled April 1, 2017 or after will be included in the denominator for the measurable skills gains (MSG).

    Prior to FY17, students enrolled April 1 or after were not included in the denominator of the learning gain standard except under certain conditions.

    With the new accountability system, programs have a measurable skills gains (MSG) target and Educational Functioning Level (EFL) completion is one of the three ways to achieve an MSG outcome.

    Starting FY17, all pre-tests administered within the span of the fiscal year (July 1–June 30) will count towards the program's denominator for MSG regardless of the pre-test date.

    Therefore, students enrolled April 1 or after will be included in the program's MSG target.

    ACLS recommends that programs implement systems to ensure that students enrolled April 1 or after have the minimum of 65 hours (40 hours for students in correctional institutions) between their pre- and post-test (as per ACLS assessment policies) in order make significant progress.

  2. Pre- and Post-Assessment Target

    ACLS requires that programs pre- and post-test a minimum of 80% of their students as part of the revised assessment policy.

    Pre- and post percentage is no longer a performance standard and ACLS will no longer assign points to this target as per the performance standard memo issued on November 2, 2016. ACLS will however continue to track pre/post assessment data through SMARTT and Cognos.

    Programs should continue to employ best practices for attendance and retention in order to aim for 100% pre/post testing rate and to ensure that students progress in their academic goals.

Last Updated: February 8, 2017

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