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ADULT BASIC EDUCATION. Meeting the needs of our community. ABE Mission.

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adult basic education


Meeting the needs of our community

abe mission
ABE Mission
  • Adult Basic Education strengthens community by providing free instruction and support to adults and their families to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for success in secondary and post-secondary education, employment, and self-sufficiency.
abe funding sources
ABE Funding Sources
  • Federal block grant through HED (Workforce Investment Act of 1998)
  • Federal ESL-Civics Ed block grant through HED
  • State legislative funding – formula based on headcount and contact hours
  • State instructional materials through PED
  • Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe (LVSF) – various grants, e.g., City of SF, SF Community Foundation, NM Coalition for Literacy, United Way, and others
  • College – In-kind and fiscal support
abe program components
ABE Program Components
  • GED and Basic Skills
  • English as a SecondLanguage (ESL)
  • Literacy Program – Basic Reading & ESL
  • Workforce Development integrated in all programs (WorkKeys, KeyTrain, Career Readiness Credential)
ged and basic skills
GED and Basic Skills
  • GED preparation classes and individualized instruction
  • Prescriptive, skill-based program
  • GED en español
  • “Brush-up” - for students with high school diplomas but who need skill building
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction – Lab open 12 hours/day
  • Partner with Lifelink, YouthWorks, Drug Court, Probation, TANF, others
  • 687 “fundable” students 2006-2007
english as a second language
English as a Second Language
  • 7 levels of ESL classes
  • Computer-assisted instruction
  • Sites: SFCC, Agua Fria, Cesar Chavez, Turquoise Trail, Salazar
  • Civics Education integrated in ESL intermediate and above classes
  • 913 “fundable” students 2006-2007
literacy program
Literacy Program
  • Affiliation with Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe provides seamless services
  • Accredited through ProLiteracy America
  • Basic literacy and ESL tutoring
  • One-to-one tutoring - 26 students
  • Workplace – 13 worksites, 84 students
  • Neighborhood and Community Groups – 30 groups, 198 students
  • Family Literacy - 137 children, 55 parents
  • Sullivan Computer Learning Lab – 93 students
  • 232 “fundable” students
student centered instruction
Student-centered Instruction
  • Individualized for all levels: basic literacy to 12th grade level; no English to pre-college level English
  • Specialized screening for learning difficulties
    • Use PowerPath screening instrument and philosophy
    • Screen for vision, hearing, visual stress syndrome, and ADD
    • Intervention for learners who have “slipped through the cracks”
    • Engage students as partners in their learning
    • Screen English and Spanish speakers
    • Improves persistence!
  • Pre-test all students with standardized tests to determine skill level upon entry. Post-test at intervals to determine learning gain.
  • New Mexico Higher Education Department
    • Evaluation
    • Self-assessment
    • Policies
  • National Reporting System
    • Pre- and post-testing
    • Level gain
    • Core outcomes
outcomes 2006 2007
Outcomes 2006-2007
  • Total enrollment: 2,445 students of whom 1832 were “fundable” (12 hours +)
  • Achieved goal of pre-testing 100% of students and post-testing 50% of all students (actual post-test rate is 51.78%)
  • Graduated 134 students through the GED
    • 66 of 134 enrolled for credit at SFCC
program highlights 2006 2007
Program Highlights2006-2007
  • ESL student, Margarita Lopez, was awarded the NM Adult Education Association ESL Student of the Year
  • Transition to College focus
  • LVSF Awards: Santa Fe Community Foundation’s Silver Anniversary PiñonAward;Santa Fe Future 2006 Award
  • Data-driven decisions
one student s story patrick
One Student’s Story - Patrick
  • Patrick has a high school diploma but could not pass the required test to become a city police officer. He enrolled in ABE, was screened for learning difficulties and placed on a reading improvement plan. After 10 months of study with a teacher, a Literacy Volunteer tutor, and a computer program, he was able to pass the test. He began work with the SF Police Dept. this month.
  • Retention (persistence) of students
    • Students need more hours of attendance to make learning gains, to obtain the GED, and to continue on to college
  • Rising costs
    • Cost per student is increasing
    • Cost of assessments is increasing
  • Tracking outcomes
  • College advisement specific to ESL and GED population
  • Transition to college - Greater collaboration with college divisions
    • E.g., Plan for B & T Division to extend dual enrollment in pre-engineering to ABE students
  • Increase GED graduation rate
  • Increase employment goals
  • Use Banner system to improve student tracking in post-secondary education at SFCC