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Practices with Promise Success Story

Submitted By: Jereme Weischedel, Coachella Valley Adult School

Increasing Capacity in the Desert Regional Consortium

  • Consortium: Desert Regional Consortium
  • Type of Practice: Data & Accountability
  • Objective(s):
    Respond to short-term data reporting needs required by AEBG
    Foster regional and local system integration efforts pertaining to assessment and intake of adult students.
  • Organizations that were involved: Coachella Valley Adult School and College of the Desert

The Challenge

As new tools, technologies, and information becomes available to support program activities and addressing students’ needs, the member agencies of the Desert Regional Consortium recognized a need to build our capacity to leverage local and regional workforce and demographic information as well as program outcome data to ensure that we are better-meeting the needs of our community and individual learners. In addition, the DRC has met the CAEP requirement to use TOPSpro® Enterprise by all members to collect and report adult learner demographics, barriers, and program outcome information.

The Solution

The Desert Regional Consortium has focused on building our data capacity by leveraging AEBG Data & Accountability Funding and working across the consortium to share best practices in data collection and analysis. In the program year 2018-19, the consortium built our collective data capacity even further by increasing personnel to help collect and input information, leveraging new tools and resources for data collection and analysis, and increasing our knowledge and expertise in working with datasets and tools. Members of the consortium attended a regional training, the AEBG Planning Team Training, hosted by WestED to better-understand the suite of tools and resources that are freely available to educational leaders working in adult and career e

Outcomes

Coachella Valley Adult School (CVAS) has committed to becoming a data-driven institution with the goal of using data to drive decision making. Data and Accountability funds were a vital part of this process. During year one of the Data and Accountability distribution CVAS began the Professional Learning Community process. Staff began to meet regularly to examine common data and work collaboratively to improve teaching and the academic performance of students. Since the creation of the PLC process, we have seen a steady increase in the number of students obtaining a high school diploma or equivalency.

College of the Desert leveraged Data & Accountability Funds to build our CASAS assessment capacity; faculty and staff were paid to attend CASAS training events and earn testing credentials. Beyond this, COD was able to transition from primarily paper-based testing to primarily electronic testing for a majority of classes within one program year; this has enabled us to provi

The Data

Increased data capacity has allowed the consortium to center data in planning and decision-making.

In order to determine the effectiveness of the Desert Regional Consortium, a needs assessment will be conducted after two years of the DRC Three-Year Plan to determine and address needs, or "gaps" between current conditions and desired conditions or "wants". The discrepancy between the current condition and wanted condition must be measured to appropriately identify the need for the DRC to continue to move forward. The need can be a desire to improve current performance or to correct a deficiency. Like data software will provide robust consortium data to be analyzed and provide the DRC with direction to focus resources in an informed collaborative manner.
Consortium members attended a data training hosted by AEBG/CAEP and WestED to understand how to best use tools and technologies for analyzing demographic, labor, and learning data.


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