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Literacy and Numeracy Gains Webinar. February 3, 2011 9:00 am - 11:00 am. Literacy and Numeracy Gain. Agenda Purpose Introduction Improvement Literacy and Numeracy Gains Assessment Tools Positive Outcome Calculation ASSET Screens Questions and Answers. Literacy and Numeracy Gain.

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literacy and numeracy gains webinar
Literacy and Numeracy Gains Webinar

February 3, 2011

9:00 am - 11:00 am

literacy and numeracy gain
Literacy and Numeracy Gain

Agenda

  • Purpose
  • Introduction
  • Improvement
  • Literacy and Numeracy Gains
  • Assessment Tools
  • Positive Outcome
  • Calculation
  • ASSET Screens
  • Questions and Answers
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Literacy and Numeracy Gain

Purpose

DWD is proving this technical assistance webinar for WDBs

that failed the Literacy and Numeracy Gain performance

measure. The webinar will provide information that will

help WDBs improve this measure for Program Year 2010.

In June 2010, DWD provided this same webinar and encouraged

WDBs to check in ASSET if the correct data was provided in the

required fields. We remind you again today that case managers and

other staff working with out-of-school youth check and see if the correct

data is in ASSET, so you will not fail again.

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Literacy and Numeracy Gain

Introduction

An individual who has been determined eligible for the

WIATitle I Youth Program and has received a WIA funded

program element/service is a participant and will be

counted in the WIA Title I Youth Common Measures.

Common measures are an integral part of DOL/ETA’s

accountability system and one of the tools used to evaluate

success.

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Literacy and Numeracy Gain

Items that need to be addressed to improve the

Literacy and Numeracy Gains measure:

  • Pre and post-test data was not entered into ASSET;
  • Not using approved assessment tool for out-of-school youth; and
  • Assessment numeric score was not entered into ASSET.
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Literacy and Numeracy Gain

Literacy and Numeracy Gains

What is this measure?

Of those out-of-school youth who are basic skills deficient:

the number of youth participants who increase one or more educational

functioning levels divided by the number of participants who have

completed one year in the program, (i.e., one year from the date of first

service) plus the number of participants who exit before

completing a one year in the program.

Only common measure that is not exit-based.

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Literacy and Numeracy Gain

Who is included this Measure?

Out of school, basic skills deficient youth ages 14 – 21

who:

  • Date of first youth service on or after July 1, 2005;
  • Taken one of the required assessments and have been found to be basic skills deficient; (Includes youth with disabilities)
  • Exit program before they have completed one full year;
  • Completed a year (from date of first service) in the program;
  • Completed a second or subsequent full year in the program; and
  • Continue to be basic skills deficient after post-tests have been administered.
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Literacy and Numeracy Gain

Who is Excluded in this Measure?

  • Youth in school on the date of first youth service (in-school youth);
  • Youth in design framework activities only;
  • Out-of-school youth who are not basic skills deficient;
  • Youth who have documented exclusion at exit;
  • Youth who have documented exclusion in the first, second, or third quarters after exit;
  • Youth who exit WIA prior to completing a second or subsequent full year of participation;
  • Youth who remain in program for more than three consecutive years excluded after third full year; and
  • Youth who achieve proficiency (reading or math at 9.0 and above) during program participation.
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Literacy and Numeracy Gain

Assessment Tools

All out-of-school youth must be assessed in reading and

math.

WDBs are required to use one of the following assessment

tools when assessing out-of-school youth. (Adult Basic

Education)

  • Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS);

www.casas.org

  • Test of Basic Adult Education (TABE) Forms 9 & 10

www.ctb.com

  • Wonderlic General Assessment of Instructional Needs (GAIN)

www.wonderlic.com

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Literacy and Numeracy Gain
  • WorkKeys

www.act.org/workkeys; or

  • Massachusetts Adult Proficiency Test (MAPT).

www.sabes.org/assessment/mapt.htm

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Literacy and Numeracy Gain

If an out-of-school youth has English as a Second Language (ESL)

WDBs are required to use one of the following assessment tools:

  • Basic English Skills Test (BEST) Plus

www.cal.org/bestplus

  • Best Literacy

www.cal.org/bestliteracy

  • Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS)

www.casas.org

  • Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE) Complete Language Assessment System-English (CLAS-E)

www.ctb.com

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Literacy and Numeracy Gain

About These Assessments

  • Pre-testing must occur within 60 days of the first youth program service; may use pre-test from up to six months prior to date of first youth service;
  • Same standardized assessment tool must be used for pre- and post-testing;
  • Youth should be post-tested by the end of one year of participation and compared to pre-test results obtained during initial assessment;
  • Youth should be post-tested and included in the measure at the completion of the 2nd year if they complete two years in the program; and
  • If youth continues to be basic skills deficient after the first 12 months of participation, they should continue to receive training in literacy and/or numeracy skills.
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Literacy and Numeracy Gain

Key factors contributing to a Positive Outcome:

  • Ensure all out-of-school youth who are basic skills deficient are in a program that provides sufficient academic advancement;
  • Provide supports to help participants remain engaged in educational services and advance one educational functioning level;
  • Pre-test at registration or within 60 days following the date of first service;
  • Ensure timely testing within one year of youth’s first service;
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Literacy and Numeracy Gain

Key factors contributing to a Positive Outcome

continued…

  • May use scores from assessments within six months of the youth’s first day of service; and
  • Provide reasonable accommodations for youth with disabilities.
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Literacy and Numeracy Gain

How Does the Youth Achieve a Positive Outcome?

  • Increase to the next functioning level in reading or math on the post-test.

For example, an individual is placed in the Beginning Basic

Education level in math and the Low Intermediate Basic Education

level in reading at pre-testing (refer to the Educational

Functioning Levels at www.nrsweb.org).

The individual achieves an educational gain if they place in either

the third ABE level in math or the fourth ABE level in reading at

post-testing.

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Literacy and Numeracy Gain

If an individual remains basic skills deficient after taking the

post test and remains in the program, local boards should

continue to provide the individual with basic skills training.

If an individual, through the first year of program

Participation, advances beyond the threshold for basic skills

deficiency, the individual is no longer subject to the Literacy

and Numeracy Gains Measure.

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Literacy and Numeracy Gain

Calculation:

Of those out-of-school youth who are basic skills deficient…

Number of youth participants who increase one or more educational functioning levels

divided by

Number of youth participants who have completed one year in the program (i.e., one year from the date of first youth program service) plus the number of youth participants who exit before completing one year in the program.

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Literacy and Numeracy Gain

Calculation Example:

Of out-of-school basic skills deficient youth:

68 youth who advance one educational functioning level

_______________________________________________

100 youth completers + 22 program drop-outs = 122

Performance = 55.7%

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Literacy and Numeracy Gain

Critical ASSET Fields:

  • Manage Programs, Title 1 Youth Tab:
      • Report Basic Skills Deficient.
      • Report Meets WIA Out-of-School Youth Criteria (on date of first youth service).

Note: Both of these fields must be reported “Yes”

2. Manage Services:

      • Report Youth Service.

Note: Youth must have at least one service other than Design Framework Individual Service Strategy and/or Design Framework Assessment to establish the participation date. The fund source for the service must be WIA Title 1B Youth.

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Literacy and Numeracy Gains
  • Manage Assessments

Test Scores: Youth Literacy and Numeracy

      • Select “Add Test”
      • Identify Test Category and complete all required fields on the Pre-test Overview Tab.
      • If more than one Educational Functioning Level was tested, check the next box and complete all required fields.

Note: For 3b you must enter the grade level and the numeric

score for the reading and math results.

For example: Grade Level Reading Score 8.0 – Numeric Score for Reading 550 and the Grade Level Math Score 7.5 – and Numeric Score for Math – 545

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Literacy and Numeracy Gain

4. Manage Assessments

Test Scores: Youth Literacy and Numeracy

  • Select Post-test Year One Tab.
  • Report Post-test Scores.
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Literacy and Numeracy Gain

Questions and Answers

  • How is the measure being tracked in ASSET?

Performance is not tracked in ASSET, but the fields that are used to calculate performance have been in ASSET for over four years. Literacy and Numeracy information is tracked in the Youth Test Scores page, under Test Scores – Youth Literacy and Numeracy area in Manage Assessment.

  • What are the time frames for the measure?

Literacy and Numeracy covers each of the first three years, following the Date of First Service (WIA Title 1B Youth Participation). Performance outcomes are determined on the first, second and third anniversaries of the date of first service.

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Literacy and Numeracy Gain

3. If a youth was enrolled prior to 7/1/05 are they “grandfathered” into the Common Measures now that we are accountable for those measures?

No, once a youth is in the (7) original core performance measures they stay in them until they exit. If the youth is exited and then re-enrolled after July 1, 2005, they will be in common measures.

4. What do we do with (7) original core performance measures?

You still need to enter the data in ASSET.

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Literacy and Numeracy Gain

5. Explain the literacy and numeracy gains warning report and how it is supposed to be used.

Matt Mita

6. Explain how literacy and numeracy gains anniversary dates work.

You have one year from the date of first service to achieve an educational functioning level gain. For example, if a youth receives their first service on January 1, 2011 you have until December 31, 2011 to achieve an educational functioning gain.

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Literacy and Numeracy Gain

7. Youth receives first service on January 12, 2010 and is

determined to be in the measure. If they are post tested on

October 15, 2010 and attain the next educational functioning

level, but remains basic skills deficient. They have met the

first year, but they continue to be in the measure in year two.

Does the case manager now have until January 11, 2012 to

attain the next educational functioning level for the second

year or until October 14, 2011?

Case manager has until January 11, 2012.

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Literacy and Numeracy Gain

Resources:

  • WIA Youth Common Measures Technical Assistance Guide;
  • WIA Policy Update 10-03: Youth Literacy and Numeracy Gains;
  • U.S. DOL TEGL 17-05, Attachment A and B; and
  • U.S. DOL TEGL 17-05, Change 2.
contact information
Contact Information

Scott Fromader

Department of Workforce Development

201 East Washington Ave., Room E100

Madison, WI 53702

[email protected]

608 261 – 4863

608 267 – 0330 (fax)

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