Amelia Valasek, State Director
Idaho Adult Basic Education ABE/GED
650 W. State Street Suite 324
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83705
ABE: TABE 9/10 Complete Battery and Survey
ESL: The Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) Reading and Listening (Life and Work Series)
Idaho Management and Accountability System (IMAS)
GED: Data Match and Survey
Employment: Data Match
Transition to Postsecondary Education or Training: Data Match
- IMAS has built-in control features that will not allow required fields to be left blank. Scores must be within the correct range or they will not be accepted by the system. Alerts will appear and warn the entry person if a student has exceeded the minimum hours for a post-test or if they have not reached the minimum hours required for a post-test. If duplicates are entered, state or regional personnel will note this in the student class report or the table 4 names report. Upon finding duplicates at the local level, the state data person is notified and deletes the duplicate. On the state level, data is compiled and reviewed at least quarterly and often times monthly. The state reviews regional goal setting and post-testing rates. This information is then disseminated back to the regional level. The system has a hierarchy of approvals. Data is entered by teachers and submitted to the central data person within each region who checks for errors at the local level prior to approval by the state. The state conducts bi-weekly approvals and follows the NRS 90 day separation rule for all main Centers programs. If the state finds students who have not been separated according to the guidelines, separation is performed at the state level. When TABE/CASAS scores are entered into the system, IMAS automatically enters them in the appropriate EFL but random checks are performed at the state level to ensure that correct information is being reported.
- IMAS was designed so that it aligns itself to the NRS guidelines and procedures. IMAS provides the teacher/administrator the post-test and level of post-test required and alerts them to the readiness of the student for post-testing based upon attendance hours. Accurate score ranges for placement and for reporting advancement are built into the system. A file check of random student files is conducted at all site reviews, which are performed yearly. The student file review checks for appropriate assessment and placement of students in instructional offerings. We also check for goal setting and goal completion.
- On-Site auditing and data desk audits are a good means of verifying data. During onsite reviews, random file checks are conducted and compared to what is entered electronically to ensure that paper file information matches what is entered into IMAS. We conduct on-site program reviews and file reviews on a yearly basis.
Adult Basic Education Office, State Division of Professional-Technical Education