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July

February

February

Goal and Cohort Resources

Did you attend the Montana ABLE Cohort Trainings in Billings or Missoula?  Need a copy of the PowerPoint presentation?  Click below.

·       Goals, Cohorts, and New Reports, Oh My! – PowerPoint

·       Goals, Cohorts, and New Reports, Oh My! – pdf

July

MABLE Users Manual

Click here http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/pp/MABLEUserManualJuly2012.pdf to access MABLE Users Manual.

As promised, attached is the new Mable User’s Manual. We have made some changes to MABLE per the new NRS Guidelines that took effect on July 1, 2012. The Personnel section (pages 4-8) is new. Pages 14-15 in the student section cover the new fields.And, we also updated the information on the Goals page 18. The rest of the document is basically the same as before.
We hope you will find this document helpful and that it walks you through the new fields that have been added. The document will be posted in MABLE under the Help Menu, Useful Forms and General Information early next week.

 

2011-2012

Updates

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2011-2012

April

 

June
October

 

November

 

 

August

Data Quality

September

Data Quality 2011 Agenda

 

June

NRS Changes/MABLE Resources

Click below o access resources from Adobe Connect meeting.

Good Morning,

Thanks to everyone who joined in the meeting this morning, and as promised we have material for you. The Adobe Connect recorded session and Q & A will be forthcoming.

Attached are the PowerPoint, new student Intake Form, and the definitions of the optional student measures you can now enter into MABLE. I am sorry we haven't been collecting all of these measures through the years, as it is compelling information when describing our student population to stakeholders. The good news is we will now have this to report.

Please contact us if you would like an additional MABLE session in the coming weeks, as we are eager to assist in the new reporting.

Best,

Margaret

April

MABLE Data Team

Click here http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/data/MontanaABLE_Data_Team2012.pdf to see your MABLE Data Team.

Data Trends

Click here http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/data/Data_Trends4-13-12.pdf  for a pdf of Montana Data Trends.

November

Employment Goals and Employment Status

Click here for explanation about Employment Goals/Employment Status.

Good Afternoon,

 
Many of you were in attendance at the MABLE break-out session during the September Data Quality Conference. During the conference a question came up regarding employment status that is reported in MABLE. Our MABLE experts spent considerable time looking at the employment status question. I am happy to report there is no glitch in MABLE; your employment data match is working very well.
 
Attached is an explanation entitled Employment Goals/Employment Status.
 
I want to extend special thanks to the folks who spent considerable time addressing this issue: Norene Peterson, Char Hurd, Betty Boten, Erin Niedge, Renee Bentham, Linda Gardner, and Carol Flynn.
 
If you have any questions, please contact me.
 
Best,
 
Margaret

MABLE Update on Student Goals from Year to Year

November 1, 2011:  Displaying Student Goals on Student Pages

Mable will only display current year goals at the top of the Student pages. As always, a complete list of the student’s goals can be viewed in a grid at the bottom of the Student Summary page.

This is a fix that has just been completed in MABLE; we added this fix to the attached FAQ. Beginning this program year, we decided to track all changes to MABLE in an appendix at the end of the FAQ. You can always find the FAQ in LINCS, and it is also in MABLE.

Kudos to the field that brought this needed fix to our attention.

Thanks,

Margaret

October

OPI ABLE Policies and Procedures

Data Quality 2011

Faces of Data Quality 2011

On the Road Again

PowerPoint by Kathy Jackson

Performance-based Funding Formula

PowerPoint by Monique Fortmann, Missoula

The Golden Circle by Simon Sinek http://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action.html

Research

September

Data Quality 2011 Agenda

Click here for the agenda.

August

Data Quality

Good Morning!
 
I can’t believe we are talking about September!!  I’m not done with summer yet!
 
Would you please be so kind as to email me as soon as you can, and no later than  August 18, to let me know who will be coming to our DQI/Standards meeting from your program.  The date of the meeting is September 21-22, 2011.
 
Also, please be sure you call the Red Lion at 443-2100 and reserve the sleeping rooms you will need for your group.  They are blocked  under “OPI – Adult Education”.  Red Lion will release any rooms not called for on August 21.
 
We will be meeting at the Red Lion in the Legislative Room.   The hands on MABLE work will be done in our OPI Training Room, 1227 11th Avenue.  More information will be forthcoming!!
 
See you on September 21 and 22, 2011!!
 
Carol

 

2010-2011

Resources Updates

Resources

Documents

Year Conference
2011 TABE Training Documents
2011 May 2011 MABLE Updates
2011

MABLE Conference

MABLE Conference Resources

Montana Program Action Plans

2011

MABLE Updates

2010 Data Quality

Faces of Data

Year Conference
2011 MABLE Users Conference:  Facing Data
2010 Data Quality Data Divers

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May

Post Testing Protocol

Click here for help with Post Testing Protocol.

Good Morning,
 
We had our Director’s Shop Talk call this past Tuesday and there was lots of discussion about trying to post test as many students as we possibly can between now and June 30 so that we can meet our performance targets for 2010-2011.
 
Open this document to discover a fast and efficient way to find these students!  Together we will meet our negotiated targets.
 
Kudos to Renee in Missoula and Linda for pulling together a document to guide the process of finding students who are eligible for a post test.
 
Carol

TABE Training 2011 Documents

MABLE Documents Updated

April

Post Testing

Good Morning!!

As you know, Mandy is hoping to have programming done in MABLE very soon so that you can post test students in Level 1-4 (ABE) at a minimum of 40 hours of instruction and Levels 5-6 (ASE) 30-59 hours of instruction. We have encouraged you to start post testing now as post tests can be entered within 30 days of testing.

Given that, I am starting to get calls, especially from larger programs, wanting to know how to find students that can be post tested while Mandy is still working on the programming piece. There are multiple ways to accomplish this but I think Renee’s (Missoula) way is the most direct way to catch as many students as possible. She was kind enough to email me what she is doing and I want to share it with you.

She finds people who are eligible for a post test who had 30 hours or more or 40 hours or more of instruction by the following method:

  1. Use the NRS Student List and if you have satellites sites, include those.
  2. When the excel spreadsheet opens up, delete the top 3 rows.
  3. Then select the whole spreadsheet and sort on separation date and choose oldest to newest.
  4. Delete separated students.
  5. Select the whole spreadsheet again and sort on post tested – Z – A
  6. Add another level and select completed a level Z to A
  7. Delete the rows where the student has post tested and made a gain.
  8. Then sort on total hours largest to smallest.
  9. Make sure you can see the current EFL and then work your way through the list looking for those who are
  10. ASE Low and have 30 hours or more and those that are in EFL 1-4 with 40 hours or more.

This works well to determine who you might want to post test again when they didn’t get a gain the first time.

I’ll let you know when Mandy has completed her programming. Linda and I are spending LOTS of time testing. There is no down time these days, let me tell ya! Ha!!

Thank you all for all you do for our students.

Carol

March

New Language on Pre/Post Test

Good Morning:

We met with Mandy this morning on programming of the new test hours and this will be completed in the next 30 days. You may begin to post tests students according to the new rules below, but you won’t be able to enter these test into MABLE until we notify you to do so.

NEW LANGUAGE ON PRE/POST TEST

Levels 1-4 (ABE)

The recommended number of instructional hours between a pre and post test for Levels 1-4 (ABE) is 50-60 hours of instruction, with a minimum of 40 hours, or after the completion of one continuous term of instruction.

Levels 5-6 (ASE Low and High)

The recommended number of instructional hours between a pre and post test for Levels 5 and 6 is 30-59 hours of instruction.

Each student’s term of instruction is unique. It begins at the date of enrollment and concludes one year from the date of enrollment. At the end of one continuous term of instruction all TABE test taken during the term will be expired. However, if a student post tests within 30 days prior to the end of the continuous term of instruction, test scores may be reentered as pretests for the new instructional year.

Hold the test scores until we tell you MABLE is ready for you to enter the post tests. Remember – enter as post tests!!


Carol

Update from ShopTalk

MABLE Update

  • April still target date for new post test hours (programming involves all the NRS tables)

    • Summary page will have a lot of students ready to post test

  • New guides coming soon

    • Data check list for end-of-year clean-up

    • Updated one page assessment sheet

    • Updated FAQ

February

MABLE Users Conference Parking Lot Follow-up

Click here http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/data/MABLE_Users_Conference_parkinglot_answers1-20-11.pdf to access Parking Lot Answers.

Programming Priorities Clarification

Good Afternoon,

It has come to my attention that this e-mail may have caused some confusion. I would like to clarify that Carol and Linda's work with MABLE has not changed. They will continue to respond to all of your inquiries. They welcome your MABLE questions.

The change is the programming priorities. We will only send emergency programming issues to Mandy. We know you are very anxious to implement the new approved hours, and we want to make this available to students as soon as possible. If your inquiry will require programming, we will ask that you keep a log so the request is not forgotten.

Thanks,

Margaret

January

MABLE Conference Follow-up

PLEASE PLAN TO PARTICIPATE!!!!!

FOLLOW UP CONFERENCE CALL TO THE MABLE USER’S CONFERENCE

  • Tuesday, FEBRUARY 15, 2011
  • 3:00 pm to 4:00 PM

Thank you to all who attended our MABLE User’s Conference in Billings on January 19-20, 2011.

The conference call has been scheduled and we will address the parking lot questions that we received at the conference. We would like you to submit any questions that have come up since you have returned home and have started to think about ways to implement the various strategies that were presented. PLEASE EMAIL ME ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE HAD COME UP SINCE THE CONFERENCE BY FEBRUARY 9, 2011.

Contact Carol Flynn at cflynn@mt.gov for more details.

MABLE Conference Resources

MABLE Conference Agenda

Click here for the agenda.

1/10/11

  • Good Morning:

    I have attached the agenda for the upcoming MABLE User’s Conference next week in Billings. We will meet in the Board Room of the Lincoln Center. We’ll start at noon on Wednesday, January 19 and lunch will be on your own. I’ll come up with an afternoon snack. On Thursday, breakfast is on your own and we’ll start right at 8:00 am. A mid—morning snack and lunch will be provided.

    Please come with the following:
    • Be prepared to share progress you have made on your data action plans.
    • Bring Gallery Walk resources
    • Be sure you have written down the link to MABLE as well as your user name and password to log into MABLE.

      Look forward to seeing everyone next week. Travel safe.

      Carol

December

MABLE Conference Assignment

Good Morning,

The number one item on today's MTLINCS Newsletter is a very important reminder for you.

Last week in our directors' Shop Talk Renee did an excellent job explaining how the MABLE Users' Conference will assist you tying your submitted program improvement plan directly to MABLE for data quality checks. The link below will take you to all of the submitted plans. You may want to read plans from some of the other programs before the conference.

An agenda for the conference will be forthcoming, but the first item on the agenda is set. This will be sharing time. Each of you will have the opportunity to share your plan, successes and challenges to date.

We look forward to providing an excellent professional development opportunity.

Planning committee,

Norene, Renee, and Margaret

 1.   Montana ABLE Action Plans Posted

 Click here http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/data/mt_able_action_plans.htm  to access Montana ABLE Action Plans.  Look at what other programs are doing!

 Margaret Bowles

MT ABLE Action Plans

Montana ABLE Action Plans now posted!  Click here!

November

MABLE Users Conference

Good Afternoon,

A lot of planning has been going on since our October meetings, and I am happy to share the latest information on upcoming trainings.

First, I would like to thank everyone for the hard work you are doing on your Planning for Success data-driven program improvement plans. The plans submitted to date are exemplary (Mary Ann and Larry will be impressed). For those of you who have not submitted, the due date is Monday, November 8th. As we discussed at the Data Quality meeting, you will get to spend some time during the January MABLE Users' Conference discussing your plans and gleaning ideas from other participants. I am pleased to inform you that Renee Bentham and Norene Peterson are putting together an incredible agenda for this meeting. Since they want this meeting to be a quality professional development experience, they will be getting a little more data from each of you to help them finalize the meeting agenda. Norene will be sending a survey to everyone before the end of November.

I can assure you this will be better than the October Data Quality Conference because these ladies are conference planners extraordinaire. Below is the important logistic information you need for the MABLE Users' Conference:


MABLE Users' Conference

When:   

  • January 19th 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

  • January 20th A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

Where:

  • Billings Lincoln Center

Renee and Norene have assessed the training room available at the Lincoln Center, and due to limited computers, each program will be limited to three participants.

Lodging information will be forth coming.

Update on Annual Directors' Meeting

The annual directors' meeting will be in February, as it will require more time than will be available during the January conference. The facilitators from MPR & Associates who have worked with the Formula Funding task force are able to come to Montana in February. The task force and the MPR facilitators will be planning an in-depth presentation on the work of task force. At this point, we think the training will last a minimum of one full day. Dates for this will be announced when a contract with the facilitators is finalized.

I am looking forward to sharing everyone's great work!

Margaret

MABLE Update

Click here for November MABLE Questions/Answers.

Good Morning,

We continue to receive excellent questions from the field regarding MABLE, and we would like to share responses we have sent to individuals since the Data Quality Conference last month. This document may help you finalize your Data Quality Plan, as well as provide background information for the MABLE User's Conference in January. In this document you will find explanations on

  • student hours,
  • the primary area of instruction,
  • EFL's,
  • gains for the ASE high, and
  • a brief history of the instructional year.

The Frequently Asked Questions in MABLE is not available because many of the responses were outdated after recent required changes to our assessment policy. The information in this document will be included in a soon to be released Frequently Asked Questions. In the meantime, keep sending in your questions.

Thanks,

Margaret, Linda, Carol

October

Update from State Director

Good Afternoon,

I want to thank everyone for such a wonderful Data Quality Conference. It was exciting to watch the positive interaction among the teams.

At the conference, it was requested you receive the Planning for Success template in a Word document (attached).

Also on several evaluations, participants asked for a completed Planning for Success action plan to use as a model. Mary Ann and Larry appreciated this request, so Mary Ann prepared a model for you to refer to as you complete your plans. Attached you will see her plan related to three areas-attendance, retention, and learning gains. She did not complete the part on barriers, as these would be different for each program. She is hopeful that the action steps she has written will give you the level of detail you should need in thinking in terms of making program improvements.

Larry and Mary Ann are anxious to hear about the plans you develop; they truly enjoyed working with Montana adult educators and would like to remain connected to our work.

In this week's LINCS update, you will find links to all of the handouts from the conference. You may want to share these with staff not at the conference, and you will especially enjoy the link to Data Divers Extraordinaire!

Action plans are due November 8, 2010, and you will have an opportunity to share progress on your plans at the January MABLE Users' Conference. Time for sharing will be on the agenda!

Kudos to everyone,

Margaret