Standards in Action
Standards-in-Action (SIA) was the result of a major initiative for Montana Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) in 2008-2009, the development of content standards. The standards provided students, teachers, employers, and educational partners a clear understanding of the knowledge and skills that are required of students to transition from an ABLE program to the workforce or postsecondary education.
The next step, implementation of standards-based instruction began in late 2009 with the SIA Pilot Project, a U.S. Department of Education Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) and MPR Associates training designed to help the state's standards-based reform succeed. A Montana pilot team worked collaboratively with MPR to address the following: creating an understanding of the demands of each standard, focusing on assignments to improve teaching and learning, and observing standards-based instruction. At the conclusion of the pilot project in the fall of 2011, the SIA innovations were presented at the annual adult educators' conference.
The state goal is to now support and sustain standards-based instruction through technical assistance in the form of a blog and a Technical Assistance Traveling Team (TATT). The TATT's are pilot team members committed to scaling up standards-based instruction and ensuring system wide sustainability.
Margaret Bowles, Montana Adult Education Director
January: Math Webinars
Content Standards (Original)