Policy to Performance: State ABE Transition Systems Report

This report shares key elements of state ABE transition system planning, and provides examples of strategies used to implement ABE transition policies.

Alamprese, J.A.
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Abt Associates Inc. under contract by Kratos Learning
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The Policy to Performance project, conducted from 2009 to 2012 with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, was designed to advance state activities in systems and policy development to facilitate adults’ transition from adult basic education (ABE) to postsecondary education, training, and employment. State ABE staff and their interagency partners from eight states participated in Policy to Performance and received technical assistance about ABE state systems and policy development through national meetings, customized coaching, and telephone and email communication. The technical assistance included strategies and tools for state ABE staff to use in working with their interagency partners to align services and policies that would result in a coherent set of activities for a well-functioning state ABE transition system.

The State ABE Transition Report provides information about the activities that were conducted by the Policy to Performance project and the findings from the participating states’ work during the project. The report describes the key elements of a state ABE transition system, technical assistance activities and planning processes utilized, examples of strategies used by states to implement ABE transition policies, and the lessons learned and conclusions from the project concerning state transition system development.

Benefits and Uses

This report provides a useful synthesis of components of an effective state ABE transition system with key strategies that states used to implement demonstration processes and pilot testing of transition components. Descriptions of each state’s activities conducted during the project are provided and contact information for the ABE liaison from each state are listed to promote cross-state communication. The technical assistance strategies, processes, and tools that were implemented in the project are described in detail. The lessons learned from states’ activities are shared to provide insight into the successes and challenges of the project.

Most of this resource reads like a report to funders rather than a hands-on application for state staff.  Even the descriptions of the activities of each state are too general to be applied. States may find that these forms will help them track and analyze their transition activities.

This resource was developed through the Policy to Performance: Transitioning Adults to Opportunity initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education under Contract No. ED-04-CO-0051/0007.

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