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Simply Stated: the Goal of California AB 86 for Adult Education

thAdult Educators working with ESL (or ESOL, ELD, ELL) students via Title 2 funded programs, I have a question for you: Are you knee deep in AB 86 work? Or are you relatively uninvolved in what’s going on? For those of you who may not be as actively involved in the trenches of AB 86, I’m going give you the highlights of the simply as I can.

Whether you know it or not, the structure of Adult Education in up for a major overhaul. If you’re working with any programs supported by Title 2 funds, you should know what’s coming your way.  Added to that, AB 86 is just the beginning of the structural shift.  WIOA – that is the federally funded Workforce Innovations and Opportunities Act – is replacing WIA (the Workforce Investment Act) and will require more movement and accountability along these same lines.

The purpose and goal of the AB 86 Consortia groups is to:

  1. Improve the delivery of adult education
  2. Remedy “gaps” in programs and services
  3. Create seamless transitions from adult school to community college non-credit and credit programs
  4. Plan better facilitation from school to career
  5. Plans for adult ed (Title 2) service providers to integrate and create seamless transitions
  6. Address concerns with “waitlists”
  7. Plan methods to help each student accelerate toward his/her academic goal
  8. Link K-12 and Community College programs to enable students to progress and complete college and/or career goals
  9. Define the  placement, curriculum, assessment, progress indicators, and outcomes for adult education programs; the generally desired outcome is for ESL students is to transition to HSD, GED, CTE certificate, Work, or Post-Secondary Ed)
  10. Determine how to better use  accelerated learning strategies such as individualized instruction
  11. Determine how to better use of accelerated learning strategies such as contextualized content
  12. Determine how to better use accelerated learning strategies such as using data to improve measurable student outcomes
  13. Increase the educator’s ability to foster student persistence and goal achievement

If these changes will affect you, your program, and the students you serve, I urge you to get informed and get involved. Go to: http://ab86.cccco.edu/ to find out more.

Michelle Walker-Wade Workplace Literacy Expert

Michelle Walker-Wade
Workplace Literacy Expert

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