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Improvements to instructional method include more hands on teaching and improved video
presentations. Outcomes analysis may also lead to changes in the program through
curricular adjustments or the purchase of new tools or equipment to aid overall
effectiveness of instruction. Schedule adjustments have also been made to try to
accommodate the needs of our students.
Adult Basic Education
Adult Basic Education (ABE)-Core Theme One: Planning (3B)
ABE provides courses in college preparation for math and English, GED preparation, and
English as a Second Language (ESL). The program operates continuously 12 months of the
year. Academic classes are taught on a quarter system and ESL classes are taught on a
semester basis. Student services, assessment, advising, instruction, and transition planning
are all provided within the division.
The Adult Basic Education program has implemented “Standards of Quality Instruction” to
continue to improve and plan for best instructional practices in the classroom. They include
the following six standards, which include a definition of proficiency for each, and are then
broken down into benchmarks for each standard:
Instructors work with State approved curriculum standards.
Instructors use effective methods to enhance learning experiences for adult
Instructors use effective classroom management strategies.
Instructors use assessments to monitor and guide instruction.
Instructors use data to evaluate and improve instruction.
Instructors set goals for professional development.
Standards of Quality Instruction are aimed at providing each ABE student with meaningful,
real-life learning experiences that will translate into skills for employment and future
educational opportunities.
The on-campus ABE program offers services to students 13 hours a day, for their four-day
week schedule. This provides student services, advising, tutoring, and instructional time to
students whose schedules vary widely with other commitments to family, work, and the
Adult Basic Education – Assessment (4A)
Adult Basic Education data is collected through the federally approved state database. The
Idaho Management and Accountability System (IMAS) meets the National Reporting
System’s Guidelines. These data include demographic information, core employment and
academic goals and completions, educational functioning levels (determined by pre-
enrollment testing and post-testing) and improvement, and class attendance hours. The
data is analyzed to evaluate enrollment, students’ academic accomplishments and
completion of learning objectives, and overall course completions. Program services,
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