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Dear State Director,

The National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) is developing a description of an adult education (ABE, ESOL, GED, and adult high school) program model appropriate for research studies.  This description will help us identify programs that are likely to provide an environment in which research can be carried out successfully.  In the course of this work, we have identified several elements of program design that lack research or clear consensus about effective best practice. These elements are:

  •  Teacher/tutor Qualifications

  •  Teacher/tutor Professional Development

  •  Hours of Instruction

  •  Enrollment Policies

For these program elements, we are interested in surveying state directors (or their designate) to gather information about their state’s:

  • Explicit policies that describe what programs must do, and

  • Where explicit policies are not in place, the state’s suggestions that describe what programs should do.

Your input as a leader in adult education is extremely valuable in enhancing our understanding of best practice in our field.  NCSALL will incorporate the findings from this survey into a draft report due to be completed in January 2005.  Every state director will receive a copy of that report and will have an opportunity to provide advice on how it could be improved before final publication.   

This survey should only take about 15 minutes. We would appreciate your completion of the attached survey by December 23, 2004.   If you have any questions, please contact John Comings at:  john_comings@harvard.edu or 617.496.0516.

Thank you for you help.

Sincerely,

John Comings, Director
NCSALL
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Cambridge MA
 

1.  Name of State    

2.  Please answer the questions below: 

If your state has an explicit policy regarding ABE teacher/tutor qualifications
(e.g. minimum credentials, training, or experience), what do you require? 

 


If this information is on your website enter the URL here:
 

 

 



 

 

 

If your state has an explicit policy regarding GED teachers/tutors qualifications
(e.g. minimum credentials, training, or experience), what do you require? 

If this information is on your website enter the URL here: 


 








 
If your state has an explicit policy regarding Adult High School teachers/tutors
qualifications (e.g. minimum credentials, training, or experience), what do you require?

If this information is on your website enter the URL here:


 








 
If your state has an explicit policy regarding ESOL teachers/tutors qualifications
(e.g. minimum credentials, training, or experience), what do you require?

If this information is on your website enter the URL here: 


 








 
3.













 
If your state has an explicit policy that requires a minimum number of hours of in-service professional development for teachers/tutors each year, how many do your require?
 
ABE teachers/tutors
GED teachers/tutors
Adult High School teachers/tutors
ESOL teachers/tutors


 

4.










 
If your state does not have an explicit policy that requires a minimum number of hours on in-service professional development, how many hours do you suggest?
ABE teachers/tutors
GED teachers/tutors
Adult High School teachers/tutors
ESOL teachers/tutors
5.











 
If your state has an explicit policy that requires a minimum number of hours of instruction per week (e.g., 6 hours per week), how many hours do you require for:

 
ABE
GED
Adult High School
ESOL
6.














 
If your state does not have an explicit policy that requires a minimum number of hours of instruction per week, how many hours do you suggest for:



 
ABE
GED
Adult High School
ESOL

 

7.
 











 

If your state has an explicit policy that  requires a minimum number of weeks for each class (e.g., a 12-week class), how many weeks do you require for:


 
ABE
GED
Adult High School
ESOL
8.














 
If your state does not have an explicit policy that requires a minimum number of weeks for each class, how many weeks do you suggest for:
 
 
ABE
GED
Adult High School
ESOL



 

9.
 











 

If your state has an explicit policy that  requires a minimum number of hours of instruction be available to each student per year (e.g., 4 classes, each 6 hours per week for 10 weeks would yield 240 hours per year), how many hours do you require for:

 
ABE
GED
Adult High School
ESOL
10.













 
If your state does not have an explicit policy that requires a minimum number of hours of instruction be available to each student per year, how many hours do you suggest for:


 
ABE
GED
Adult High School
ESOL
11.









 
If your state has an explicit policy about enrollment (open enrollment or managed enrollment), which do you require for:
 
ABE
GED
Adult High School
ESOL

 

12.











 
If your state does not have an explicit policy about enrollment (open enrollment or managed enrollment), which do you suggest for:
 
ABE
GED
Adult High School
ESOL

 

 

 

 

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