Missouri’s Adult Education was recently named “Tops in the Nation in Student Advancement” due to the work of its approximate 35 programs in the state offering instruction at 300 class sites.
One major reason for the state earning this distinction is due to the award-winning Van-Far Adult Education and Literacy Program.
The Van-Far AEL was just one of five programs of the more than 35 in the state to receive the High Quality Award for outstanding program performance.
Van-Far received the award by achieving outstanding student outcomes while maintaining a high degree of fiscal integrity in the program operations.
In being named a “High Quality Program,” Van-Far’s AEL met or exceeded Missouri’s target for educational gain/progression, was in the top third of all Missouri AEL programs in comparison to five NRS Core Outcome Measures (educational gain, entered/retained employment, receipt of high school equivalency, placement in postsecondary education or training), and have met fiscal management measures.
“We provide services to assist adults to become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency; assist adults who are parents to obtain the educational skills necessary to become full partners in the educational development of their children; and assist adults in the completion of a secondary school education (high school equivalency),” said Van-Far AEL Director Shannon Moore. “We have a site here in town at the Van-Far High School and one in Bowling Green at the United Methodist Church. In addition, we provide these same services to individuals incarcerated at WERDCC.”
As for Missouri, the state had 66% of the state’s adult education students advance in educational level in the program for the period of July 2014-June 2015. In other states, the progress was between 23-63%. Numbers are based on data reported to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education National Reporting System.
Missouri’s adult education served nearly 20,000 students in 2014-15. Of those 13,000 enrolled, about 1,500 were in adult secondary education and more than 5,000 were enrolled in English literacy, in which the later were a part of the fastest growing population of adult education students.
Among Missouri’s programs, 83% of students earned a high school equivalency compared to the U.S. total average of 65%.