Program Improvement

Materials for the Nov 20, 2019 Program Improvement Workshop:

Presentation slides

2019 ABE Program Analysis Worksheet

Strengths and Challenges Inventory

2019 ABE Program Improvement Plan

Program Improvement is a technical assistance process for ABE programs that fall below set benchmarks on key accountability measures. The current Program Improvement cohort attended a workshop in November 2019 and are engaged in program improvement planning.

In Fall of 2020, a new Program Improvement cohort will be identified based on MNABE Report Card results. Consortia will be flagged for possible participation in Program Improvement based on three accountability measures:

  • Measurable Skills Gains (Level Gains and Diplomas) for ABE students
  • Measurable Skills Gains (Level Gains and Diplomas) for ESL students
  • Post-Testing Rates for students with 40+ contact hours

Any consortium that falls below Program Improvement benchmarks on one or more of these measures will be flagged, and some or all flagged consortia will be required to participate in the Program Improvement cohort. This cohort spans a program year and may include:

  • Regular communication between state ABE staff, ABE Manager and other local ABE staff
  • One or more workshops with staff from all programs in the program improvement process to network, train on identifying issues, analyze data and facilitate development of the program improvement plan
  • Site visit(s) by MDE-ABE staff to observe programming and work with local staff
  • A specialized list of recommendations for ABE program improvement, based on conversations with local staff and site visit findings
  • A Program Improvement Plan, which the local program develops using a recommended format
  • Ongoing program data analysis
  • Additional training and technical assistance, as needed

For more information on Program Improvement, visit the Policy section of this website and open the ABE Program Improvement policy.