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AEFLA: Adult Education and Family Literacy Act

The federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy Act provides funding for states and territories to provide instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Education (ABE), and Adult Secondary Education (ASE) to adults in need of these literacy services.

WIA Title II requires states to set performance outcome goals, report actual outcomes, and monitor local agency performance.  Local agencies use standardized assessments to collect and report student learning gains.  Local agencies must conduct surveys of core performance measures to collect information on student goal attainment, employment, entering postsecondary, training, or attainment of a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED).  This process ensures accurate and consistent monitoring of local agency results and provides the baseline data needed to document improvements in literacy skills.


The California Department of Education contracted CASAS to provide training, data collection, materials, and technical assistance to meet the accountability requirements for WIA Title II and English Literacy and Civics Education funded agencies.  Agencies receive Tracking of Programs and Students (TOPSpro) software, data collection forms, and test booklets.


Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS)

CASAS provides learner-centered curriculum management, assessment, and evaluation systems in education and training programs in the public and private sectors.  CASAS is used nationwide in adult basic education (ABE), English as a Second Language (ESL), workplace literacy, family literacy, employment and training, welfare reform/TANF, citizenship, and correctional programs, and meets WIA (Workforce Investment Act) requirements.

The system includes:
  • life skill competencies
  • standardized competency-based assessment instruments, both multiple-choice and performance-based
  •  curriculum resources
  •  guidelines for ongoing classroom assessment
  •  program and classroom evaluation instruments
  •  training resources
  • accountability data reporting

EL Civics:

English literary and civics education (EL Civics) promotes the development of integrated programs that incorporate English language and literacy instruction and civics education.  The California Department of Education has developed 2 program areas: Civic Participation and Citizenship Preparation.

Civic Participation supports the design, creation, implementation and delivery of instructional activities that either integrates civics education content with existing ESL instruction, or are stand alone civics participation programs.

Citizenship Preparation uses ESL methodologies and citizenship preparation material to prepare learners to take and pass the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration (CIS) written and oral citizenship test.


Contact Information

Location: D-103
Telephone: 714-241-5772

EL Civics
Location: F-100
Telephone: 714-241-5787


Jarek Janio, Ph.D.
WIA Title II Grant Coordinator
Office: F-114
Phone: 714-241-5773

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