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About the Adult Education Students Succeed Program

Since the 150th anniversary, California adult education system has served anywhere between 1.2 million in state funded programs in 2007-2008 to 305 000 in federally funded programs in 2013-2014.

Source 1: State Funded Adult Education 2007-08, information flyer by CDE
Source 2: Federally Funded WIA Title II Programs 2013-2014, Annual Performance Report by CDE

How to participate in the project: Nominations may be submitted by any California adult education agency at any time. Go to the online nomination form. The next nomination cycle has yet to be determined. All nomination will be reviewed for completeness and for how closely they address the criteria stated on the nomination form. Incomplete nominations, and nominations that don't address the criteria will not be considered. Students with accepted nominations will be contacted for verification of the information and asked to submit a photo. A signed release will be obtained from the students before any stories are used, and no personal contact information will be distributed through the project.

Publicizing the Success Stories: Agencies can access the videos on the Web site maintained by the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN). The page contains the learner success stories with a photo and information about the adult education agencies that nominated them. The site may be searched by agency, by county, and by program area.

Videos may be highlighted at conferences throughout California and distributed to local, regional, and state officials.

California Adult Education Students Succeed Process:

  • OTAN invites field nominations of adult education learners who are successful as a result of the education received at CA adult schools.
  • Nominations are accepted throughout the year. See Web site for this year's deadlines.
  • Nominations are completed online.
  • Once nominations have closed as published on Web site, all are printed and a copy of each nomination is made.
    • Scoring packets for at least two readers are created. Each packet includes a copy of the nomination, the scoring template, and the scoring rubric.
    • Readers independently score each nomination, then meet together to discuss their scores. Scores from each reader for each nominee are totaled.
    • If the total score equals 16 points or greater, the nominee has qualified to be included in the Students Succeed database ( and have their story and their photograph posted on theWeb site. Those nominees with a score equaling less than 16 points are not included.Scoring data is kept on a spreadsheet for each cycle in the Students Succeed electronic folder.
  • Once scoring is completed, files are created for each successful learner. The file includes a copy of the nomination and the scoring template.
    • Letters of congratulations are sent to the nominee, the nominator, and the school’s legislator. Copies are placed in the hard copy file as well as kept electronically.
    • Letters of regret are sent to those nominees that did not meet the criteria. Letters are also sent to their nominators. One file is kept for each cycle for all nominations and includes the nomination and copies of the regrets letters. Copies of the lettersare also kept electronically.
  • After the initial congratulatory letters are sent, the nominee files are reviewed by an OTAN employee. They contact the nominee and secure their permission to publish their story. The nominee must mail back the original permission form. They also write the story that is to be posted on the Web site.
  • Once permissions have been secured, a plaque (certificate) is created and is mailed to the nominee unless a special presentation is planned by the nominator. Each plaque is accompanied by a cover letter for both the nominee and nominator. Copies of the letters and the certificate are kept in the nominee’s file,as well as electronically.

For the two learners who received the two highest scores:

  1. OTAN creates videos highlighting their success. The videos are produced and are added to the http://adultedlearners.orgWeb site.
  2. To promote the videos and celebrate the learners, OTAN will provide round-trip travel for the two winner(s) and their nominator(s) to attend the ASCA leadership summit.
  3. Lunch for the two winner(s) and their nominator(s) and will also be provided by ACSA.

Nomination Evaluation Rubric*:

  1. The nominee is employed
    • 0 — Not employed.
    • 1 — Employed part–time.
    • 2 — Emloyed full–time/self-sufficient.
    • 3 — Provides leadership in job/community.
  2. The nominee has community responsibilities
    • 0 — None
    • 1 — Made positive contributions to adult education community while a student.
    • 2 — Contributed through volunteer work or other community projects.
    • 3 — Provided significant community leadership.
  3. The nominee has identified and met life goals as result of completing adult education program
    • 0 — Completed intermediate steps in adult education coursework.
    • 1 — Achieved primary goal by completing adult education program.
    • 2 — Excelled/provided leadership in achievement of goal.
    • 3 — Adult education achievement was a stepping–stone to new goal/higher education/workforce training program.
  4. The nominee has improved life of self/others as result of learning experiences
    • 0 — Relationship not established between adult ed. and current life role.
    • 1 — Direct relationship shown betwee adult ed. and current life role.
    • 2 — Examples provided demonstrating how adult ed. let to positive changes in life role.
    • 3 — Direct cause/effect of improvement in life role as a result of adult ed is indicated by multiple and marked examples.
  5. The nominee overcame difficult circumstances to pursue adult learning
    • 0 — No difficult circumstances present.
    • 1 — Worked to put self through school and/or overcame a personal challenge.
    • 2 — Overcame multiple barriers/challenges to pursue adult learning.
    • 3 — Achieved adult education goals in spite of extraordinary hardship.

*Target Score for inclusion in database with 2 readers is 16, with 3 readers is 24.