ARCC Basic Skills Accountability Report
The Basic Skills Accountability report is a supplement to the ARCC report known as the Accountability Reporting to the California Community Colleges report issued annually by the Chancellor’s Office. The report provides an overview of system performance in basic skills courses (also known as developmental courses). The performance is measured by deploying four categories of metrics: descriptive metrics or “demographic snapshots”, work-load metrics, assessment metrics, and student progress metrics.
This report meets the requirement set forth in Assembly Bill 194 (chapter 489, statutes of 2007) that the Chancellor’s Office must publish an annual basic skills accountability report and provide it to the Department of Finance and the Legislative Analyst’s Office.
Through AB 194 and subsequent budget acts, supplemental funding is allocated to community college districts for improving outcomes of students who enter a college needing at least one course in basic skills or English as a second language (ESL). AB 194 further directs colleges and districts to expend allocated funds for “… program and curriculum planning and development, student assessment, advisement and counseling services, supplemental instruction and tutoring, articulation, instructional materials and equipment, and any other purpose directly related to the enhancement of basic skills, ESL instruction, and related student programs.”
AB 194 also requires accountability for the outcomes produced through this funding. To accomplish this, the Chancellor’s Office created a framework, working with representatives from the Department of Finance and the Legislative Analyst’s Office. They formed a special technical advisory workgroup, adding statewide representatives from the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, researchers from different community colleges, and technical/research/program personnel from the Chancellor’s Office - all dedicated to the task of accountability reporting.
The framework was presented in a November 2008 report: