Pennsylvania Department of Education
The Adult Basic and Family Literacy Education page includes information about: Administrative Documents, Advisor Assignments, Grants, National Reporting System, Programs and Services, Regulations, and High School Equivalency.
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Agency Performance Data
Official performance data is posted on the PDE website. Draft data will download as a Microsoft Excel file.
2019-2020 Agency Enrollment Data NEW
2018-2019 Agency Enrollment and Performance Data
- Draft Adult Education Enrollment (061, 064)
- Draft 064 High School Equivalency and Postsecondary Outcomes
- Draft 061 High School Equivalency and Postsecondary Outcomes
- Draft 054 High School Equivalency and Postsecondary Outcomes
- Draft 064 EFL Gains
- Draft 061 EFL Gains
- Draft 054 EFL Gains
- Draft Family Literacy Enrollment (054)
- Draft Family Literacy Performance Standards
- Preliminary Employment Outcomes 064
- Preliminary Employment Outcomes 061
- Preliminary Employment Outcomes 054
2017-18 Agency Outcome Performance
- Draft Adult Education (061)
- Draft Adult Education (064)
- Draft Family Literacy (054)
- Draft Family Literacy Outcomes
2017-2018 Educational Functioning Level (EFL) Gain Tables
2017-2018 Agency Enrollment Data
Draft Program Year 2020-21 Guidelines and Policies NEW
- DRAFT 2020-21 Adult Education and Family Literacy Guidelines (Revised 11/25/20)
- DRAFT 2020-21 C.100 Adult Education and Family Literacy Performance Standards
- DRAFT 2020-21 C.130 Verifying and Reporting Data
- DRAFT 2020-21 C.135 Cohorts for the Primary Indicators of Performance
- DRAFT 2020-21 C.900 Safety Security and Accessibility
- DRAFT 2020-21 D.100 Adult Learner Assessment
- DRAFT 2020-21 D.130 Distance Learning (Revised 11/25/20)
- DRAFT 2020-21 D.150 Parent Education and Interactive Literacy Activities
- DRAFT 2020-21 F.100 Professional Development
- DRAFT 2020-21 G.100 Adult Education and the Workforce Development System
Preliminary Guidance for Reopening
The Pennsylvania Department of Education has released preliminary guidance on the phased reopening of schools.
Technology Planning Tool NEW
This tool is designed to help agencies inventory current practice around the use of technology for communication, intake and orientation, instruction, and program management and develop an action plan. Recordings from a technology planning webinar series is also available.
Legislation and Fiscal Regulations
Adult Basic and Literacy Education in Pennsylvania is funded through a combination of state and federal grants, as listed below.
- Pennsylvania Adult and Family Literacy Education Act (State Act 143 of 1986)
- Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (Federal)
Grants funding adult education and family literacy programs in Pennsylvania are managed in accordance with sound financial management policies and practices and in conformity with all state and federal financial rules and regulations. The following are resources that provide more detail about fiscal management.
Agency Self-Assessment Tools
Supplement to Handbook for Sustaining Standards-based Education in Adult Education: Checklists for Assessing Effective Implementation NEW – This document is designed as a resource for state and local program leaders looking to support the effective implementation of state academic content standards. This supplement contains both state and program leadership checklists.
System Efficiency Survey (PDF) or (Word) – The Technology Use for System Efficiencies Program Self-Assessment can be used by agencies to assess and improve their system efficiencies through the use of technology. Upon completion of the self-assessment, agency leadership can contact their Professional Learning Opportunities (ProLO) consultant to access technical assistance from the leadership projects.
Career Pathways Action Planning Guidance – Career Pathways Action Planning Guidance is as an initial assessment of program activities and directs program staff to utilize one or more additional inventories as needed. This document is a series of questions related to partnerships, career awareness, case management, local labor market, transitions data, and contextualized instruction. Program staff can work through the questions to help develop career pathway related action plans for their agency.
Career Awareness Inventory – This document is in chart format and is designed to track career awareness activities from start to finish. Program staff can use it to document what activities are in place, who is conducting the activities, the expected outcomes, and ways to improve the activities.
Career Awareness Checklist – This checklist provides a comprehensive scope and sequence for career awareness activities. Staff can work together to determine which topics to include in their delivery of career awareness and whether topics should be delivered by a case manager or embedded into instructional activities that align with the College and Career Readiness Standards.
Case Management Inventory – This document utilizes a chart format to view and compare case management interventions. Case managers can select interventions from the chart to help adult learners overcome barriers, set and adjust career goals, and transition to the workforce or training programs.
Contextualized Instruction Inventory – This document utilizes a chart format to record contextualized instruction activities. Teachers can use this to help determine how instructional activities might align to local sectors, address basic workplace skills, and clarify expected outcomes of the contextualized activities.
Data Inventory – This document is in chart format and has columns to record agency-wide data collection activities and purpose of the data collected. Program staff can use the chart to analyze the usefulness of each data piece that is being collected within the agency.
Foundation Skills Program Checklist – A checklist containing each foundation skill with additional columns to record how that skill is addressed in the adult education program. Programs can use this checklist to assess which work-based foundation skills they currently address, and should address, in specific program areas of the agency.
Local Labor Market Information Inventory – A document in chart format used to track where a program obtains local labor market information and how that information is being used to improve career exploration and contextualized instruction. Administrators can use this document to help gather local labor market information that aligns to focus sectors in the local workforce development area plan and share with teachers and case managers to improve contextualized instruction.
Partnership Inventory – This chart allows programs to document current partnerships that the agency has in place and document the frequency of collaboration with those partners. Administrators can use this chart to track partnership development over the course of a program year.
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