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

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Adult basic education

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.


Accountability
Accountability

  • 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.



Challenges
Challenges

  • 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


Opportunities
Opportunities

  • 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


ESL Classes Fall 2007


GED Graduation 2006




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