Assessment and Accountability
Adult Education complies with the assessment, accountability and reporting required by state
statutes and guidelines as outlined in its State Plan
for Adult Education and Family Literacy. Annual performance reports
are submitted to the federal government and to various entities at the state level in order to comply with these requirements. The information that the Department collects also helps educators inform instruction, monitor progress, and demonstrate program performance.
Connecticut Competency System (CCS)
The Connecticut Competency System
is a uniform, standards-based assessment and instructional system that is implemented by adult education programs and other state agencies who share a common client base. Adult education programs funded by the Bureau of Health/Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education are required to utilize the procedures outlined in the CCS Assessment Policies and Guidelines
Connecticut Adult Reporting System (CARS)
CARS is an Internet-based management information system for adult education and Even Start programs in Connecticut. The system collects many student
characteristics including demographics, entry status, goals, attendance, assessments, and achievements. It also provides for online GED test registration capabilities at programs across the state. Data from CARS are a part of nearly every adult education report, research, or evaluation that is conducted by the Department.
The CARS Advisory Group
which is comprised of CCS Program Facilitators and CARS Data Administrators from several adult education programs assists the Bureau with the continuous improvement of CARS.
Data-Driven Framework for Program Improvement and Accountability
Accountability processes ensure that public resources serve the needs of each community effectively, and help to create a better learning environment for students. The Connecticut Competency System (CCS) and the Connecticut Adult Reporting System (CARS) that are detailed above serve as the backbone of Connecticut adult educationís data-driven accountability and program improvement framework.
Each adult education provider is evaluated on a range of program quality measures that include recruitment, retention, assessment, goal-setting, and performance. The results of this evaluation inform the Department's on-site monitoring process, and guide other statewide and local program improvement and technical assistance efforts.
Tracking of Programs and Students (TOPS)
TOPS is a software that assists programs by automatically scoring standardized assessments and providing numerous reports for aligning assessment to instruction.