Accountability and Outcomes in the Twenty-first Century

Produced in 2005
Sacramento, CA

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Narrator: As California starts the 21st century, adult education faces many challenges. Low skilled and displaced workers need vocational training and re-training.

Description: As California starts the 21st century, adult education faces many challenges. Low skilled and displaced workers need vocational training and re-training.

Narrator: A larger senior population requires more older adult programming. New immigrants need ESL and citizenship training. School dropouts need a second chance to earn a GED or high school diploma.

Description: Slide showing enrollment numbers for 2003 to 2004: ESL – 503,616; ASE/GED – 214,724; Vocational Education – 172,658; Older Adults – 133,355; ABE – 73,137; Parent Education – 57,496; Adults with Disabilities – 32,198; Health & Safety – 26,557; Home Economics – 21,059; Citizenship – 3,638

Narrator: The increased emphasis on standards-based education and accountability in all aspects of adult education, led to changes in calculating enrollment in programs and a focus on improving learner outcomes. During the 2003-2004 program year, 294 K through 12 school districts reported data on 1,238,438 students supported by state apportionment in 10 program areas. Forty-five community college districts reported serving 56,805 students in their non-credit basic skills and vocational programs. Two hundred ninety one providers reported on 591,574 students in the federal program, ABE, GED, high school, ESL, and civic preparation.

Description: Slide showing WIA Title II Learner Enrollment, 2003 to 2004: ESL – 435,777; ABE – 89,320; GED/High School Diploma – 66,477

Narrator: Sixty percent of the providers in the federal program are K through 12 school districts and the other 40 percent includes community based organizations, community colleges, jail programs, and library literacy programs.

California is investing in new learning environments using video and computer technology. Learners will have access to instruction on the Internet at any time that is convenient for them.

Description: Video clips of Webcast including studio shot of woman presenter, studio monitors, and technical support person wearing headset monitoring the Webcast)

Computer generated picture of traditional classroom with photos of original adult schools and John Swett.

Narrator: California adult schools may look different in the future, but as they change in response to the needs of a changing society, they will be carrying on a proud tradition. In the 150 years since that first San Francisco classroom in 1856, California adult education has grown into a multiple provider system that opens doors of opportunity and provides bridges to success.

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Written by Linda L. West

Produced and edited by Joseph Parente

Voice over talent – Susan Hayward and Dennis Newhall

The producers would like to thank all of the California adult programs who contributed images of adult schools, classrooms, and student to enhance this production.

Sacramento County Office of Education
Outreach and Technical Assistance Network

Copyright 2005 by OTAN

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Disclaimer: OTAN activities are funded by contract #2000 of the Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223, from the Adult Education Office, Secondary, Postsecondary, and Adult Leadership Division, California Department of Education. However, the content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department of the U.S. Department of Education.