Programs and People: 

Wyvonne Stevens-Carter
State Adult Education Director
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
135 Santilli Highway
Everett, MA 02149
Phone: (781) 338-3835


ABE: Massachusetts Adult Proficiency Test (MAPT) Reading and Math; TABE 11/12; TABE Literacy
ESL: BEST Plus; TABE CLAS-E Reading and Writing

Data Systems: 

Literacy, Adult and Community Education System (LACES) by LiteracyPro Systems, Inc.

Followup Methods: 

High School Equivalency Credentials and Diplomas (GED and HiSET): Data Match
Employment: MA Department of Unemployment Assistance and SWIS Data Match and Survey
Transition to Postsecondary Education or Training: Data Match and Survey

Data Tools for Monitoring and Program Improvement: 

Massachusetts has a robust accountability system that ensures that SEA and local providers are fulfilling our mission to "provide each and every adult with opportunities to develop literacy skills needed to qualify for further education, job training, and better employment, and to reach their full potential as a family member, productive worker, and citizen." ACLS strives to ensure funds are allocated and used in accordance with federal and state mandates to best serve adult learners.

Massachusetts state staff use the Literacy, Adult and Community Education System (LACES) by LiteracyPro Systems, Inc. and the Grants for Education Management System (GEM$) to monitor local providers.

In addition to a range of searches and filters, Massachusetts requested that LiteracyPro Systems create customized LACES desk review searches that enable state and local staff to view local enrollment levels and enrollment percentages relative to core services and IET/IELCE negotiated targets. Staff also can view pre- and post-test rates, credentials attained, and waitlist levels. In addition, staff can run diagnostics to resolve data issues and can drill down to individual student records. State staff and local providers meet at least five times, and often more, per year to review local data.

State staff review local budgets in GEM$ at the start of the program to ensure that they align the services and staff entered in LACES. State staff also monitor how quickly locals are expending grant funds.

State Tools and Resources: 

Adult and Community Learning Services


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