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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


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Overview of presentation

  • Organisational background

  • Project background

    • Context

    • Rationale

  • Toolkit details and description

  • Progress, findings and next steps.


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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


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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


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Project Rationale:Why assess prisoners?

  • Improve planning, monitoring and evaluation of training efforts

  • Improve case management of prisoners.


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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.


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How Australia performs- the Adult Literacy and Life Skills survey (ALLS)


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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


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TheAustralian Core Skills Framework (ACSF)

  • A national reporting system for assessment of performance

    of core skills:

    • Learning Writing

    • Oral communicationNumeracy 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


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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).


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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.


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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).


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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.


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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.


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LLN ASSESSMENT SUMMARY


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The LLN assessment tasks


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The LLN assessment tasks


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Youth Justice Findings


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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


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Findings- scores


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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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