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Tracking Student Progress Through Basic Skills: A Discipline Framework. Please log into the phone as well as the computer with the same code 459192 Please put phones on mute *6 We will start at 11:00. Janet Fulks, Bakersfield College Marcy Alancraig, Cabrillo College

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tracking student progress through basic skills a discipline framework

Tracking Student Progress Through Basic Skills: A Discipline Framework

Please log into the phone as well as the

computer with the same code 459192

Please put phones on mute *6

We will start at 11:00

Janet Fulks, Bakersfield College

Marcy Alancraig, Cabrillo College

ASCCC Basic Skills Webinar Series

tracking student progress through basic skills a discipline framework1

Tracking Student Progress Through Basic Skills: A Discipline Framework

Janet Fulks, Bakersfield College

Marcy Alancraig, Cabrillo College

ASCCC Basic Skills Webinar Series

outcomes for this session
Outcomes for this Session
  • Relate the story of CB 21 coding for basic skills
  • Demonstrate what this project might mean for your college
basic skills improvement was only 50 esl improvement only 47 4 there was no movement for a decade
Basic Skills improvement was only 50% ESL improvement only 47.4% There was no movement for a decade.
  • THE MYSTERY
  • Why did the AARC report reveal that less than half the students in basic skills and ESL were progressing?
to find the clues
To find the clues
  • First we need some basics
cb coding course basic data elements
CB Coding - Course Basic Data Elements

Every course is described or defined by course basic codes (CB coding) that assign data elements to allow reporting and analysis according to specific curriculum functions.

Some examples:

  • Course title (CB 02)
  • TOPs code (CB03)
  • Credit status (CB 04)
  • Transfer status (CB 05)
  • Basic skills/ Degree applicable (CB 08)
  • Repeatability (CB 12)
  • Course Prior to Transfer (CB21)
  • Noncredit Category (CB22)
  • Part of a Program (CB24)
uses of course coding
Uses of Course Coding

The following represent a few reports created purely on the MIS * coding without ever referencing the Course Outline of Record:

  • Allocation of funding to the colleges
  • Census data
  • FTES counts for apportionment
  • FTEF counts for staffing reports
  • Equity reporting
  • Reporting to the federal database IPEDS
  • Report to the California database CPEC
  • Report to the state legislature ARCC – Accountability report for California Community Colleges
  • * MIS = Management Information Systems
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CCC MIS Database

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Assign.

EOPS

DSPS

Emp.

Demo.

Matric.

Student

Demographics

(SB)

VTEA

Calendar

Assignments

Enrollments

(SX)

Sessions

PBS

Sections

Pgm.

Awds.

Fin.

Aid

Courses

Cal-

WORKs

Assess.

how is the data used
How is the data used?

The data, based upon the coding, can be used to

  • Justify funding increases or decreases
  • Provide a rationale for policies
  • Provide accountability for expenditures such as Perkins and Basic Skills Initiative Dollars
  • Program review
  • Educational improvement
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ARCC Report

Basic Skills Supplemental Report

Basic Skills Success and Basic Skills progress by discipline

Math (4 levels credit

Reading (4 levels)

Writing/English (4 levels)

ESL (writing, reading, speaking/listening, 6 levels; integrated)

Plus number of sections & assessment levels & noncredit

  • Basic Skills Success
  • Basic Skills Progress – progress up the levels CB

A to B to C to college level

the problem discovered
The Problem Discovered!
  • The Coding was Not Consistent with the Curriculum

.

cb 21 had no consistent definition
Student Success Conference 2009CB 21 had no consistent definition
  • Used to mean “courses prior to college/transfer” but …
  • What is transfer level?
  • What is college level?
    • Prior to Fall 2009 – meant graduation requirements
    • Currently
      • graduation requirements = intermediate algebra

(college level but not transferable)

      • Currently Title 5 allows Algebra as degree applicable which then dictates that this is equivalent to college level .
coding problems
Coding Problems

Some CB coding was incorrect

  • All coded at the same CB 21 level
  • CB 21 coded backwards or inconsistently
  • Some courses are incorrectly identified as transfer (CB 05)
  • Some courses are incorrectly identified as degree applicable – contrary to Title 5 (CB 08)
  • Some courses are NOT identified as Basic Skills when they were basic skills
  • Some courses were placed in the wrong TOP codes
the solution to the problem
Student Success Conference 2009The solution to the Problem!
  • Gather Faculty to create rubrics to define what each level below transfer means
asccc organized meetings
ASCCC Organized Meetings
  • English
  • Reading
  • Mathematics
  • ESL
  • Non-Credit
cb 21 rubrics
CB 21 Rubrics
  • Developed by over 350 faculty
    • Work included national literature research
    • Created CB 21 rubrics for statewide levels of all courses within common guidelines
  • Vetted by over 300 faculty
  • Shared with professional groups (CATESOL, ECCTYC, CMC3,CRLA)
  • Officially adopted by all 110 colleges April 2009

RESULTS……..

  • Corrected existing coding inconsistencies
  • Involved collaboration of faculty, selected curriculum committee members, discipline faculty, CIOs and researchers
where are the rubrics and guidelines
Student Success Conference 2009Where are the Rubrics and Guidelines?
  • They can be found at http://www.cccbsi.org
  • And the CCCCO website
how can you use the rubrics
How can you use the rubrics?
  • Let’s answer a few key questions
  • Type in your answer to the questions below
this cb21 recoding process
? This CB21 recoding process

A. required new TOP codes for all ESL, basic skills math, English and reading

B. corrected existing inaccuracies in CB 21 coding

C. aligned statewide levels of basic skills courses

D. helped correct other CB data elements

E. did all of the above

which of the basic skills courses are coded with cb 21
? Which of the basic skills courses are coded with CB 21?
  • Reading, math, ESL and writing (English) courses in a sequence
  • All reading, math, ESL and writing (English) basic skills courses
  • Study Skills courses
  • Transfer courses
  • None – all of the above are basic skills
can a course be coded as both degree applicable cb04 and basic skills cb08
?Can a course be coded as both degree applicable (CB04) and basic skills (CB08)?
  • Yes
  • No
  • Under some specific conditions
can you have more than one course on a specific cb21 level
? Can you have more than one course on a specific CB21 level ?
  • Yes, it is allowable
  • No, it is not allowable
  • Yes, it is allowable but you should examine why
when courses are coded are you allowed to have gaps for instance cb 21 d c a
? When courses are coded, are you allowed to have gaps? For instance CB 21 D,C,A ?
  • Yes gaps are allowable
  • No gaps are not allowable
  • You may have gaps but this should result in discussions about your curriculum
things to consider
Things to Consider
  • Student success:
    • Should you have more levels or fewer levels?
    • The longer the ladder the fewer students complete
    • Research indicates too many steps are a barrier to progress
    • There are TIPPING POINTS
  • Dialogue:
    • Stimulate discussions about basic skills and degree- applicable courses appropriate to your college vision, mission and culture
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Coding Makes a BIG Difference in Outcomes Reports!What will you do at your college?How will you define basic skills?

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