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Assessing prisoner basic skills gaps- Corrections Victoria’s Language Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Toolkit.

Yvette Bockisch, Corrections Victoria, Department of Justice

Yvonne Russell, Kangan Batman Institute of TAFE

overview of presentation
Overview of presentation
  • Organisational background
  • Project background
    • Context
    • Rationale
  • Toolkit details and description
  • Progress, findings and next steps.
organisational background
Organisational Background

Department of Justice

State Training Authority

Department of Human Services

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Corrections Victoria

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

system

3 Youth Facilities

14 Adult prisons

6 TAFES

2 TAFES

policy position
Policy position…

Corrections Victoria recognises the contribution that

education and training makes towards reintegration into society and reduced recidivism by improving employment related outcomes.

Victorian prisoners have a legislated right to access education and training. Corrections Act 1986, s 47, 1, 0

project rationale why assess prisoners
Project Rationale:Why assess prisoners?
  • Improve planning, monitoring and evaluation of training efforts
  • Improve case management of prisoners.
project rationale
Project Rationale:
  • Report recommendations:
    • Develop assessment tool
    • Integrate education goals into prisoner Management Plan
  • Scan findings:
    • Range of assessment practices
    • No common assessment language
    • Limited data on prisoner skills levels.
toolkit objectives
Toolkit Objectives

Undertake detailed assessment and validate screening questions

Tier 1 assessment: Reception prison

Tier 2 assessments:

Sentenced location

Identify and refer prisoners most at need for detailed assessment

the australian core skills framework acsf
TheAustralian Core Skills Framework (ACSF)
  • A national reporting system for assessment of performance

of core skills:

    • Learning Writing
    • Oral communication Numeracy Reading
  • The ACSF describes 5 levels of performance for each core skill. 1 (LOWEST) to 5 (HIGHEST)
  • Language performance in any of the core skills derives from the interplay between the chosen activity, the features of the text/task and the context and level of support under which the activity is performed.
  • Language performance has implications for prisoner engagement in rehabilitiation programs
project details
Project details
  • Funded by DEEWR under Adult National Literacy Project
  • Incorporates Correctional Services - Language, Literacy and Numeracy Indicator tool for Prisoner intake screening, 2005
  • Managed by Corrections Victoria
  • Undertaken by nationally recognised experts in LLN (Council of Adult Education and Kangan Batman Institute of TAFE).
toolkit development
Toolkit Development
  • Scan of existing tools
  • Draft assessment tasks developed
  • Draft tool trialed by LLN practitioners with prisoners
  • Alterations to tool to incorporate feedback
  • Final tool presented to practitioners
  • Ongoing moderation and professional development
  • Initial findings.
the cv lln assessment toolkit
The CV LLN Assessment Toolkit
  • A moderated set of tasks.
    • Tasks are as realistic as possible and designed to reflect everyday experiences that the participant is likely to have encountered
  • Based on good practice in assessment.
    • Are flexible and cover a range of contexts, levels, skills and methods of assessing skills (rather than a series of tests to be undertaken in isolation).
the lln assessment tool includes
The LLN assessment tool includes:
  • guidelines on use
  • an LLN assessment interview form to guide the assessment interview
  • an LLN self-assessment
  • 24 LLN assessment tasks covering core skills
  • LLN stimulus material (following slides)
  • an assessment record form.
the assessment process
The assessment process:
  • Conducted by qualified assessors (teachers)
  • An interview with the candidate to ascertain oral communication skill level, interests, and background
  • A self-assessment
  • Completion of 2-3 of the assessment tasks selected by the interviewer

Then:

  • The assessor completes the assessment record form, noting ACSF performance levels for each core skill.
toolkit objectives21
Toolkit Objectives

Undertake detailed assessment and validate screening questions

Tier 1 assessment: Reception prison

Tier 2 assessments:

Sentenced location

Identify and refer prisoners most at need for detailed assessment

findings and next steps
Findings and next steps
    • Next stage of development (over 2010)
  • Common assessment processes across the system ✔
  • Prisoner entry and exit skill levels reported against national LLN benchmarks✔
  • Customised and improved training delivery✔

Identify and refer prisoners most at need for detailed assessment

Undertake detailed assessment and validate screening questions

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