What’s Happening with Accuplacer Diagnostics & My Foundations Lab? Summer Institute 2013 What is ACCUPLACER? Placement test suite used by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) Reading Comprehension Sentence Skills Arithmetic Elementary Algebra Computer-based test What’s the ABE Interest? Poor performance on ACCUPLACER = Developmental Education requirements = High risk for not completing Placement Tests vs. Diagnostic Tests Placement Tests – 20 Questions, overall score used to place students Diagnostic Tests – 40 Questions, scores in 5 content domains, each ranked: Proficient Limited Proficiency Needs Improvement What is My Foundations Lab? Online learning platform Specifically designed for older teens and adults Content mapped specifically to ACCUPLACER Unique learning path for each student based on ACCUPLACER Diagnostic test results My Foundations Lab Reading Exercise Pilot Project Overview Funding made available through Joyce Foundation Shifting Gears Initiative for MN FastTRAC Open to MN FastTRAC participants and ABE programs with college-prep classes MnSCU partnership required 23 programs applied & accepted Active Testing Sites AEOA (Arrowhead) Austin Robbinsdale Adult Academic Program Brainerd Rochester Burnsville Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Central MN – St. Cloud Southwest Duluth St. Paul Fergus Falls & Detroit Lakes Glacial Lakes (Hutchinson/Willmar area) Minneapolis College-Bound ABE Students Who are we serving? Test Sessions & Test-Takers by Age Group 51-65 41-50 # unique test-takers 31-40 # test sessions 21-30 18-20 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 Prior Education High School Graduates – 59% GED Graduates – 27% No HS Diploma or GED – 8% Still in High School – 2.5% Did not answer – 3.5% Gender & Employment Status Female - 59% FT Employed – 20% Male - 40.5% PT Employed – 30% Did not answer - .5% Unemployed – 30% Not in labor force – 9% Did not answer – 11% Racial/Ethnic Group Self-Description Asian, Asian American, or Other Hispanic, Latino, or Pacific Islander – 13% Latin American – 8% American Indian – 3% White – 34% Black or African American – 25% Mexican or Mexican American – 11% Multicultural – 1.5% Other – 1.5% Did not answer – 3% “What language do you know best?” English only – 51% English and another language about the same – 25% Another language – 22% Did not answer – 2% How are they doing? Testing Data 2012-2013 Mmm… Crunchy Numbers! With a partner, review the 2012-2013 testing data. For each of the 4 test subjects, identify the domains where students showed the greatest proficiency and the least proficiency. Overall, in what area do our students need the most improvement? Does anything in the data surprise you? Finding Success Promising Practices Classroom Plus MFL shows best results for ABE learners in combination with classroom instruction Greater intensity of service = faster results More examples More practice On-site lab time for those without Internet at home Online Learning for College-Readiness Focus on skills required in college coursework Develop digital literacy skills Develop independent study skills Diagnostic Testing = Individualized Learning Test Score Counseling “Don’t underestimate the value of sitting down for 20 minutes with your students to discuss their test results. Have a conversation about their learning. Give them the chance to practice their metacognitive skills. It takes time but it’s absolutely worth it.” Teacher – Student = Doctor – Patient Test results need explaining! The big question How do we get this? Become an MN ABE Accuplacer Test Site Request by the ABE Manager Identify $$$ - plan for purchasing units Receive training Questions?