Whereas, The California Community College Chancellor’s Office tool Data Mart Basic Skills Progress Tracker is used to compile the Basic Skills Report for the State of California, integrating data from all basic skills/English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at all California Community Colleges (CCCs) for the purpose of measuring quality of programs at a college level;
Whereas, The ESL programs of CCCs are unique from other basic skills classes in having complex intricacies such as nonlinear course sequencing, multiple skill strands at the same level, complicated sequencing in the pathway to transfer, and varied coding including noncredit, non-degree applicable credit, degree-applicable credit, and transferable credit in the same department; and
Whereas, An analysis by a subcommittee of the California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL) of several ESL departments’ data in Data Mart Basic Skills Progress Tracker has revealed several errors, including but not limited to wrong courses being tracked, courses missing, and incorrect coding of courses, all resulting in an inaccurate picture of success data of ESL departments;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges provide information and guidance to English as a Second Language (ESL) departments throughout the California Community College System to ensure that all ESL courses are accurately and consistently coded in alignment for the purpose of collecting and reporting accurate data in the Data Mart Basic Skills Progress Tracker tool; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the California Community Colleges Chief Instructional Officers to facilitate accurate entry of ESL coding into the Data Mart Basic Skills Progress Tracker tool.
The ASCCC representatives continue to push the CO on the need to reexamine the coding of ESL courses. With the current development of the new Chancellor's Office Curriculum Inventory (COCI), the Chancellor's Office indicated at the May 5C meeting that they were open to discussing the coding issues to ensure that the coding rules are correct in the new technology. 2017 - 18: The co-chair will provide an update to the field regarding the progress of this resolution.