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Discussion: What is the biggest challenge to your program in serving the Beginning ABE student?

 
 
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Discussion: What is the biggest challenge to your program in serving the Beginning ABE student?
by Carol Fuller - Wednesday, 13 August 2008, 3:52 PM
 
Providing services to the Beginning ABE student can have challenges. These are some we are dealing with.
1. Where are they? There seem to be less native speaking beginning ABE
students entering our programs.
2. Intensive and lengthy instruction is required. Students have difficulty
working independently.
3. Some students have mental and physical disabilities. Staff is not
always aware of or trained in effective instructional techniques.
4. Attendance, motivation and perseverance issues. Students lack
self esteem.
5. Finding age appropriate materials.
6. Measuring growth - level changes are often slow and standardized
test measure silent reading comprehension only. Success needs to
be defined in ways other than a test score.
7. Knowing how to fill in the gaps in language development and
background knowledge.
8. Goal setting that is realistic.
9. Resources - with limited funding this group requires longer
and more costly services with a difficult to measure return on the
investment.
10. Beginning ABE students come with varied skills. Integrating new
skills can be a challenge especially when working with a group.