• ATLAS Surveys and Research

    Since 2008, ATLAS has undertaken a number of surveys and needs analyses in order to build and improve a data-driven ABE professional development system in Minnesota.

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    ABE Support Services Survey (2010)

    Data from the 2010 ABE program support services survey is currently being analyzed.

    ABE Practitioner Survey (2009)

    At the beginning of 2009, ATLAS teamed up with the Minnesota Department of Education to conduct a survey of all ABE practitioners. The goal was to identify the backgrounds and needs of our state’s ABE professionals in order to plan and provide more relevant and appropriate professional development activities.

    A preliminary report entitled "Charting the Future - Minnesota’s ABE Workforce: Professional Experience, Challenges, and Needs" was completed in 2010.

    The data from the first part of the survey provides an overall picture of who our Minnesota ABE practitioners are:

    • Almost 60% of ABE practitioners are part-time and hourly.
    • Nearly all have a Bachelor’s degree, and over 40% have a Master’s degree.
    • About 80% have current teaching licenses, a significant portion of those being in elementary education.
    • About one-third have experience teaching for a post-secondary institution.
    • About one-third plan to retire from ABE in the next 5 years.
    • Over half have 5 years of experience or less teaching ABE/adult ESL.

    The second part of the survey focused on the professional development needs of ABE practitioners. In our preliminary analysis, some key priorities have emerged, including:

    • multi-level and multi-subject instruction
    • low-literacy ESL/ELL
    • technology
    • writing (all levels)
    • curriculum
    • learners with disabilities
    • math (advanced/transitions/GED levels)
    • retention/persistence

    These priority areas will continue to guide our work to design and deliver relevant professional development to Minnesota ABE.

    Instructional Practices Alignment Survey (2008)

    For years ABE practitioners have been aware of a significant gap between adult basic education and post-secondary education. But what is the nature of this gap, and how can we address it?

    As part of the MN Department of Education’s three-year Transitions to Post-Secondary initiative, in early 2008 ATLAS conducted a survey of ABE and MnSCU faculty. The purpose of the survey was to identify needs and current teaching practices for both groups.

    A multidisciplinary working group was then assembled to review and analyze the survey data and formulate recommendations for aligning ABE/transitions education with higher education.