Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS)

Accountability System

Within the context of adult education, the accountability system ensures that we are fulfilling our mission to "provide each and every adult with opportunities to develop literacy skills needed to qualify for further education, job training, and better employment, and to reach their full potential as a family member, productive worker, and citizen." ACLS strives to ensure funds are allocated and used in accordance with federal and state mandates to best serve adult learners accessing services.

  • Student Outcomes: Refers to the state Measurable Skills Gain (MSG) standard derived from the National Reporting System's (NRS) performance measures and including the following outcomes: Educational Functioning Level (EFL) completion, HSE credential attainment, and Postsecondary Education or Training (PSE/T) enrollment after a student's exit from a program;

  • Program Quality: Refers to the Massachusetts Adult Education Indicators of Program Quality which include standards in Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Career Pathways Collaborations, and Organizational Support; and

  • Compliance: Refers to the extent to which local programs operate in accordance with federal and state programmatic, financial, and reporting requirements and deadlines.

Tools of Accountability: Refers to five processes ACLS uses to ensure that grantees comply with federal and state requirements and deliver high quality services that result in student outcomes:

Last Updated: November 10, 2020

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