Programs and People: 

Robin Castle
Director of Adult Education
State Department of Education
219 North Main Street, Suite 402
Barre, VT 05641
Phone: (802) 479-1279


ABE: TABE Survey; TABE Battery; CASAS Functional Writing Assessment
ESL: Oral Best Plus; Literacy Best; CASAS Functional Writing Assessment

Data Systems: 

Data Works, Vermont’s Adult Education and Literacy system

Followup Methods: 

GED: Data Match
Employment: Data Match
Transition to Postsecondary Education or Training: Data Match

Data Tools for Monitoring and Program Improvement: 
  • The State of Vermont has a web-based data collection system (Data Works) that allows for real-time analysis and review of current data reporting. A Data Quality Report is available in Data Works for local program review and is accessible at the program level as well as the state. All programs and AEL providers have been provided on-site training regarding state data collection, verification, and entry procedures.
  • Data Works has built-in protections to prevent erroneous data from being entered. Once raw scores are entered, the database automatically assigns the scaled score and skill level. Assignment of and changes in EFL and post assessment are also automated rather than manually entered by staff.
  • Data Quality is a continuing agenda item at regular Manager's meetings. Local program staff can access technical support online, by email, by phone or in person. The MIS team coordinates collection, reporting and use of AEL data to ensure accurate and accessible performance information from a unified database that meets needs of DOE and local staff. Meetings are held monthly. Regional managers regularly use the Data Quality and other reports at staff meetings to discuss program improvement on a monthly basis.
  • The Desk Monitoring report helps local programs compare and analyze performance against targets. The Student Services Summary report enables local programs to review records for errors or omissions.
State Tools and Resources: 


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