AEFLA: Adult Education and Family Literacy Act
The federal Workforce
Investment Act (WIA) Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy Act
provides funding for states and territories to provide instruction in English
as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Education (ABE), and Adult Secondary
Education (ASE) to adults in need of these literacy services.
WIA Title II requires states to
set performance outcome goals, report actual outcomes, and monitor local
agency performance. Local agencies use
standardized assessments to collect and report student learning gains. Local agencies must conduct surveys of core
performance measures to collect information on student goal attainment,
employment, entering postsecondary, training, or attainment of a high school
diploma or General Education Development (GED). This process ensures accurate and consistent
monitoring of local agency results and provides the baseline data needed to
document improvements in literacy skills.
The California Department of
Education contracted CASAS to provide training, data collection, materials,
and technical assistance to meet the accountability requirements for WIA Title
II and English Literacy and Civics Education funded agencies. Agencies receive Tracking of Programs and
Students (TOPSpro) software, data collection forms, and test booklets.
Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS)
CASAS provides learner-centered
curriculum management, assessment, and evaluation systems in education and
training programs in the public and private sectors. CASAS is used nationwide in adult basic
education (ABE), English as a Second Language (ESL), workplace literacy, family
literacy, employment and training, welfare reform/TANF, citizenship, and
correctional programs, and meets WIA (Workforce Investment Act) requirements.
The system includes:
competency-based assessment instruments, both multiple-choice and
for ongoing classroom assessment
and classroom evaluation instruments
English literary and civics education (EL Civics) promotes the development of integrated programs that incorporate English language and literacy instruction and civics education. The California Department of Education has developed 2 program areas: Civic Participation and Citizenship Preparation.
Civic Participation supports the design, creation, implementation and delivery of instructional activities that either integrates civics education content with existing ESL instruction, or are stand alone civics participation programs.
Citizenship Preparation uses ESL methodologies and citizenship preparation material to prepare learners to take and pass the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration (CIS) written and oral citizenship test.