Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS)

Site Visit and Monitoring Process Open Comment - Survey Deadline May 15, 2017

To:ACL-Program-Directors; ACL-SABES ; ACL Local Workforce Investment Board
From:Jolanta Conway, ABE State Director
Date:April 7, 2017

Dear Program Directors: An ACLS team (hereinafter The Team) has developed a new uniform and transparent approach to site visits and revised the process for monitorings to align with the new FY19 - FY22 Multi Year Open and Competitive Adult Basic Education Request for Proposals (RFP). This approach strives to articulate the essential characteristics of a high quality Community Adult Learning Center and reflects 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. The Team will employ a systematic and coordinated method of gathering data to ensure processes are fair and objective. The Team is currently piloting the new site visit and monitoring protocols with four Community Adult Learning Centers (CALCS) and one ABE Correctional Institution. These pilot visits will inform the calibration of the protocols and sources of evidence included in this new approach. Before its release to the field, the site visit and monitoring protocols will be finalized based on the findings from the spring 2017 pilots and feedback from the open comment period. The description (attached here and included in the online survey) highlights the changes proposed to the site visit and monitoring process. ACLS is seeking your feedback on these new processes. Please review these changes carefully as, together with the revised Indicators of Program Quality (IPQ), they will inform both site visits and monitorings. The survey questions will be available until May 15, 2017 and are accessible at this link: Changes to the ACLS Site Visit and Monitoring Process 2017. Sincerely, Jola Conway
ABE State Director

Last Updated: April 7, 2017

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