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Practices with Promise Success Story

Submitted By: Bethany Ely, Capital Adult Education Regional Consortium

Accurate Collection and Reporting of Student Barriers to Employment

  • Consortium:
  • Type of Practice: Data & Accountability
  • Objective(s):
    Foster regional and local system integration efforts pertaining to assessment and intake of adult students.
    Support data sharing efforts to bolster performance accountability and program evaluation.
  • Organizations that were involved:

The Challenge

The Capital Adult Education Regional Consortium found that barriers to employment were not being collected uniformly across the consortium and needed to find a way to address the issue.

The Solution

To address the issue, consortium members created and now follow a uniform process for identifying barriers to employment:

1. Members use the program area to identify certain barriers to employment. All students enrolled in English as a second language (ESL)/English Language Learner (ELL) are marked English language learners. All students enrolled in ABE are marked as having low levels of literacy.

2. Members look for clues in other sections of the registration form. Students who mark any of the following are marked low income: CalWORKS/TANF, Cal Fresh/Food Stamps/SNAP, General Assistance, Refugee Cash Aid, SSI and Other Public Assistance.

The AEP barrier to employment report is used during data cleanup to confirm that all ESL and ABE students have been identified as having at least one barrier to employment.

Outcomes

The AEP barriers to employment reports for all CAERC members show a small percentage of learners with zero barriers to employment.

The Data

The AEP barriers to employment reports for all CAERC members show a small percentage of learners with zero barriers to employment.


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