The purpose of this training, held in summer 2002, was to provide practical, easy-to-understand information and materials for State and Local staff that clarifies the data collection process within the NRS and offers procedures for ensuring the collection of quality data. Teams from 48 states attended these trainings and developed plans to improve their NRS data quality procedures.
The variation and lack of standardization in the adult education system across states affect the quality of NRS data and limit its use as indicators of the adult education program and for program improvement. The purpose of this Guide for Improving NRS Data Quality is to provide practical, easy to understand information and materials for state and local staff that clarify the data collection process and explain NRS procedures for ensuring the collection of quality data. The guide is also designed to help local and state adult education program staff to identify the factors that contribute to quality data at each step of the data collection process; distinguish between quality data and poor data; identify problems and strengths in their data collection processes; identify strategies to improve their data collection; and understand how to use data for program improvement.
The purpose of this professional development sequence is to help state and local literacy program personnel to provide direct training or a train-the-trainers program in which state-level staff offer the training to key personnel (e.g., professional development specialists and data facilitators) who will then repeat the training for local program administrative and instructional staff. Information and activities from this training also can be selected and offered to meet the needs of specific audiences. Users of this training sequence are encouraged to adapt and augment activities accordingly.
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