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  1. Adult Education Content Standards Consortia Meeting A System’s Approach to Standards Implementation (Make standards the centerpiece.) Susan Pimentel July 21, 2005 U.S. Department of Education, Division of Adult Education and Literacy American Institutes for Research

  2. Systems Approach Collaboration and Communication Assessment Professional Development Accountability Reporting Requirements STANDARDS Instructional Delivery Program Evaluation Incentives Budget Resources Instructor Qualifications

  3. Assessment? • Wide assortment available? (informal/formal) • Results useful and reliable? • Alignment issues? • Resistance from the field?

  4. Professional Development? • State capacity? • State role? (e.g., deliverer, coordinator, sponsor, funder) • Content and delivery options? • Professional certification hours? • Partnerships with colleges? • Secure additional funding?

  5. Accountability? • For what is state holding programs accountable? Implementation of standards? • Should state monitor implementation? How? • Data collection methods in place to reflect the new priorities?


  6. Program Improvement/Evaluation? • How are current programs evaluated? • Need to adjust to new priorities? • Methods to use evaluation data for continuous improvement?

  7. Finance/Budget? • Fit new priorities? • Ways to leverage resources to support implementation? • Dollar flow to programs?

  8. Instructor Qualifications? • Standards/hiring practices? • Part-time/full-time staff?

  9. Facilities/Resources? • Equipped to deliver the expectations outlined in the standards? • Reflect new priorities?

  10. Recognition/Incentives? • Characteristics of present recognition programs? • Need for new recognition/incentive programs?

  11. Instructional Delivery? • Are new delivery models needed? • State role in promoting new models? • Do programs need more flexibility/authority?

  12. Reporting Requirements? • What’s required? • What’s superfluous?

  13. Collaboration & Communication • Partnerships? • Marketing focus? • Does state even have a marketing arm? • Who, how, and about what should state communicate?

  14. Make your state plan synonymous with standards implementation!