BOARD OF EDUCATION
GUIDELINES FOR COMPLIANCE WITH ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND
COMPUTATION FOR ADULTS ENROLLED UNDER THE SCHOOL AID FORMULA,
ADULTS IN NET ENROLLMENT (2420)
1.1. Scope. Today's world demands a well educated workforce, technically literate and
poised for change. Family literacy should be re-enforced as a goal of our society. Learning must
become a life-long goal and part of our every day life. Therefore, the West Virginia Board of
Education and county boards of education have a shared responsibility to offer adult education
programs in cooperation with employers, community groups and community colleges.
1.2. Authority. West Virginia Constitution, Article XII, Section 2; West Virginia Code §18-9A-2.
1.3. Filing Date. February 20, 1998.
1.4. Effective Date. March 22, 1998.
§126-57-2. Adult Vocational-Technical Programs.
2.1. All adults who enter technical centers should be assessed. Persons enrolled in technical
education, not possessing a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED)
diploma, must successfully complete the GED test or the External Diploma Program before the
technical education center may confer a certificate.
2.1.1. The intake process for adults should include full disclosure of:
a. exact course title
b. number of hours of instruction to be provided
c. main learning goals and objectives
d. national certification to be earned with disclosure of any waiting periods or work requirements
to sit for the exam
e. articulation available
2.1.2. New adult vocational technical education classes of 400 hours or more must be submitted
to the Division of Technical and Adult Education Services for approval, regardless of funding
2.1.3. New one-year certificate vocational technical programs must be approved by the Division
of Technical and Adult Education Services and the West Virginia Joint Commission for
2.2. Adult training programs should be offered in viable occupational areas.
2.3. Local county personnel should work closely with area employers to provide quality training
and retraining programs for employees.
2.4. Technical education centers are encouraged to include one-year certificates in Community
College articulation agreements.
2.5. Class schedules and offerings should be designed to meet customer needs .
2.6. Counties should include adults in secondary technical programs when daytime schedules
and enrollments permit.
2.7. Vocational-technical education facilities staff should actively recruit adults, especially from
targeted groups such as veterans, economically disadvantaged and single parents.
2.8. Vocational-technical education facilities should participate in financial aid programs.
2.9. Vocational-technical education facilities should offer assessment, remediation, counseling
and placement services as components of adult programs.
§126-57-3. Funding Sources.
3.1. The West Virginia Board of Education will fund adult programs up to levels of funding
available from State and Federal sources.
3.2. Schools will be assured of tuition and fees being paid if students receive financial
3.3. Tuition that is received for classes will be used to start new classes and maintain currently
established classes. "Any funds accruing from such tuition shall be credited to adult education in
the current expense fund of the county board of education and reported each year as of June
thirtieth in the manner required for other financial reports of the board." W.Va. Code §18-5-19b.
3.4. As described in, W.Va. Code §18-9A-2, counties will receive funding through school state
aid formula monies for adults enrolled in secondary vocational programs.
3.4.1. All West Virginia adults qualify for technical training except under the following
a. Adults enrolled in other federal/state training programs and/or financial aid programs, such as
Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA), Migratory Education, Pell Grant, etc.
b. Adults who obtain financial assistance from any federal or state financial aid program, while
enrolled under the school aid formula through W.Va. Code §18-9A-2, immediately become
ineligible under the school aid formula and are responsible for full payment of tuition and fees.
§126-57-4. Adult Basic Education (ABE): Essential Elements.
4.1. Adult Basic Education (ABE) programs will provide instruction in foundational skills
related to employment, family, educational, civic and personal goals.
4.2. Each ABE program will develop a planning document that specifies program goals and
objectives and is regularly reviewed and revised.
4.3. Each ABE program will develop and utilize a needs assessment system to determine the
type of course offerings, preferred locations and class scheduling most appropriate to meet the
needs of the community.
4.4. ABE programs will develop a system for obtaining continual community input and
coordination to ensure that services are relevant, to avoid duplication of effort and to create a
smooth transition of services for the adult learner.
4.5. ABE programs will target student recruitment activities toward adults most in need of
educational and life skill services.
4.6. Curriculum and instruction will be geared to a variety of student learning styles and levels
of student needs.
4.7. Emphasis will be placed on the use of technology as an instructional tool and a learning skill
for participant use.
4.8. Adults with special learning needs will be identified and provided with appropriate
accommodations for learning.
4.9. Community support services will be identified and utilized to meet the adult learner's needs.
4.10. ABE classes will be located in facilities that are safe, handicapped-accessible and
conducive to learning.
4.11. Adult learners will be assisted to improve in foundational skills that: (1) support their
educational needs; (2) enhance existing strengths; (3) enable them to function more effectively in
their roles as worker, parent and citizen; and (4) prepare them for further education or training.
4.12. A data collection system will be utilized to document and record participant achievement.
4.13. ABE program instructors will participate in an ongoing process for professional
development that considers the specific needs of its staff and adult learners.
4.14. A continuous improvement process will be executed to ensure that all services are of the
highest quality and meet standards of accountability.