Mid-Term Progress Report San Mateo Adult School
Basic Student/Community Profile Data
�� A general description of the school
San Mateo Adult School is located in the mid-Peninsula roughly half way between the
cities of San Francisco and San Jose. The main location of the school is in the City of
San Mateo, the largest city in San Mateo County. The service area of the school matches
that of the San Mateo Union High School District of which the Adult School is one of
seven schools. Six cities fall within the service area from San Bruno in the north to San
Mateo and Foster City in the south. Millbrae, Burlingame and Hillsborough are cities
also served by the Adult School. Operating on a year-round schedule Monday through
Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fridays, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m and most Saturdays 8:00
– 4:00, the Adult School strives to meet the schedule needs of adults in the community. In
the 2005-2006 school year, the School served 12,026 students in mandated areas, 942
students in fee-based classes. While each year the school has reached its state determined
cap on student attendance, a downturn in the number of students entering the school’s
largest program, English as a Second Language (ESL), may lead to 2006-2007 being the
first year the school does not reach the cap. The growth area of the school is in the
programs for Older Adults, a fact that matches the graying nature of the population in the
The School includes a Main Campus that houses the SMART Center (San Mateo Adult
Resource and Technology) with its three computer labs, individualized learning
classrooms and office space. In the East Wing of the campus are a fourth computer lab
and 20 classrooms where the bulk of the school’s students attend classes. In addition to
the main campus the school has offerings at 44 off-campus locations including senior
centers, convalescent hospitals, churches, recreation departments, and elementary
Hispanics make up 50% of the student population and 80% of the ESL program. Nearly
85% of the students in the Older Adult program are White. There is substantial Asian
representation in both ESL and non-ESL programs. The neighborhood surrounding the
main campus has the largest number of Hispanic households and the largest number of
people living in poverty in the mid-Peninsula area and a zip code analysis shows that the
largest number of the school’s students come from that local area. Beyond the main
campus, the city of San Bruno contributes many students to the ESL and ABE/GED and
Adult Secondary programs; Burlingame has many of its residents in Older Adult and
Adults with Disabilties programs and Foster City sends many students to Older Adult and
Of the 106 teachers, 22 are full time. The teaching staff is 13% Asian-American, 4%
Hispanic, 1% American Indian and African-American with the remainder White. There
are 3 full-time administrators, 3 program coordinators, 7 instructional aides, 7 full-time
and 3 part-time clerical, 3 student services aides, 3 custodians, 1 campus aide, 1 tech
support specialist and 2 non-teaching credentialed positions. The support staff is 29%
Hispanic, 25% Asian, 25% White and 21% African-American.
The School offers classes in the following program areas: Basic Education including
Adult Basic Education (ABE) and General Equivalency Degree (GED); Adult Secondary
(ASE); English as a Second Language (ESL) including ESL-Citizenship; Adults with
Disabilities (AWD), Vocational; Parent Education; Older Adult, known to the school as
the 50+ program, as well as non-state mandated Fee Based courses.
In 2005-2006, approximately 51% of the total student enrollment of 12,026 was in ESL ,
25% in the Older Adult Program, 10% in AWD, 8% in ABE and ASE, 4% in Vocational,
and 2% in Parent Education. There were 942 students in fee-based classes.
In the past three years the annual ESL enrollment has dropped by 700 students or 10%
continuing a drop from the highest student totals in 2001-2002. Older Adults classes
have added 200 students or 7% and Parent Education has significantly expanded from
135 to 335 students. Other program areas have remained stable in enrollments.
�� An analytical summary of disaggregated and interpreted student
For the High School Exit Exam or CAHSEE results show 67 students have taken the exit
exam and 28 students have passed the Math portion and 39 the English Language Arts.
The number of positive CASAS test results for the three year period ending June, 2006
has risen from 1017 to 1160. The number of High School Diplomas has moved up from
41 to 44 while the GEDs awarded has fluctuated from 57 in 03/04 to 70 in 04/05 to 57
last year. The number of students passing the Adult Schools citizenship tests has risen
from 57 to 125 in the three year span.
In the Federal tables reports produced by TOPSpro, the level completion rates for ESL
students in both Table 4 and 4B has risen each year for the past three years of complete
data. Table 4 rose from 18% to 22% to 31% in the three years, while Table 4B which is
the students who have paired test data rose from 60% in 2003/2004 to 62% to 65% by the
�� Schoolwide student goals
The impact of the ESLRs on the school are best looked at by department.
The ESLRs are:
San Mateo Adult School provides opportunities for all students to:
1. Set and meet goals
2. Apply acquired skills
3. Learn independently and collaboratively
4. Communicate effectively
5. Demonstrate respect for others
6. Participate within and contribute to the community
Adding English Language Civics (EL Civics) to the curriculum was a means to introduce
teachers to individualized assessment measures including individual needs assessment,
goal setting, checklists, portfolio assessment and performance based assessment. The
topics for EL Civics are chosen by the students by means of the Student Council with
input from teachers. Individual student’s EL Civics assessments are one way to measure
the ESLRs as these assessments typically require students to demonstrate each of the
ESLRs by the end of a unit. Built into the EL Civics program are field trips for students
to accomplish the sixth ESLR.
The practice of determining individual student needs inherent in the ESLRs has led to the
ESL department making efforts to connect with the state persistence initiatives. Teachers
have attended persistence study circles and the one Adult School teacher who is a state
presenter for CALPRO has presented to ESL staff who have since proposed ways to
increase persistence on the part of ESL students.
The major part of the vocational program’s students are in the Electronic Office class
which requires an individualized goal setting meeting with the instructor before entry. A
personalized learning plan is set up which tracks computer skills learned and if requested,
workplace skills acquired. Other vocational courses employ a verbal goal setting at the
beginning of a course and a written evaluation form at the end of the course.
These programs are strongly goal oriented with records kept on each student with an
individualized instructional approach and entry and exit interviews. Many students enter
through a hearing panel where the goals of the student and the behavioral expectations for
remaining in the program are explained. In addition Adult School staff attend exit IEP
meeting for students who are leaving high school to attend Adult School classes.
Ongoing work continues in the Older Adult and Adults with Disabilities programs. The
discussions have centered around the different populations and the difficulty of finding an
approach that will yield useful results. The active Older Adult population teachers in the
areas of exercise and arts use a verbal goal setting strategy.
A description of any significant developments, including program additions,
at the school since the last full visit that have had a major impact on the school
or specific curricular programs.
Through working with such groups as the Youth Advisory Committee, PeninsulaWorks
Jobs for Youth, and the Tongan Interfaith Council the Adult School recognized a
community need for out-of-school youth aged 18-21 to obtain sufficient academic skills
to qualify for apprenticeships in local trade unions. A grant was written with local trade
union input and was awarded by the local Workforce Investment Board. A program is
being piloted in Spring 2007.
Expansion of Older Adult programs.
The graying of San Mateo is reflected in class offerings at San Mateo Adult School. The
age category of 60+ is the largest in the school. The increase in enrollment noted above
has led to an increase in ADA in the past three years of 11%.
Contraction of ESL
The ESL program has seen a steady decline since a 2002 time when many non-native
speakers lost their jobs and went to school. The decrease has meant a decline in the
number of number of ESL classes offered in the previously standard Monday – Friday
schedule and led to new offerings on Saturdays and an increased number of students
enrolled in distance learning classes. The Adult School applied for and received a waiver
for 2006-2006 increasing the percentage from 5% to 7% of ADA that can be used for
distance learning classes.
A major development for the school has been changes in administrative and program
coordinator staff positions. The departure of the Assistant Director in Spring 2005 left a
staffing vacancy that eventually led to the addition of a second Assistant Director and an
elimination of a program developer position. New leadership was established for all
programs except for Vocational Education as the retirement of the program coordinators
for Older Adults and AWD, as well as the coordinator for the ASE/ABE/GED in
conjunction with hiring of two new assistant directors created a new team for leadership
Parking Lot – Visibility
In an effort to increase the visibility of the Adult School to the public, the director took
the opportunity provided by the move of the San Mateo High School buses to another
location to advocate for the demolition of the busyard in order to create greater visibility
of the SMART Center and a new parking lot to serve the school’s needs. A common
refrain from the people even after 11 years of SMART Center operation is that they have
never known where the SMART Center was or what the building was for.
With the number of administrators increased from two to three, the Adult School Director
was able to participate more in county wide and state wide advocacy efforts. His efforts
on the Workforce Investment Board, in ACSA, the Tongan Interfaith Council, CCAE and
CAEAA has raised the stature of the San Mateo Adult School and adult education in
As with all adult schools, San Mateo has been involved in the process of implementing
the CAHSEE as a standard for diploma students. In addition to giving the test on regular
dates, the Adult School was able to schedule Saturday administration as well to meet
working students’ timeframes. Prior to each CAHSEE test students are invited to
participate in special CHASEE prep courses.
Improvement in Tech Support
The Adult School made a major commitment to providing consistent tech support by
creating a full time Adult School only tech specialist position. The improvement in
support meant less downtime with computers and applications. It also means a more
stable platform for users so that they have been willing to entertain change e.g. a new
version of the management information software so that new applications such as web
attendance and online registration can be introduced.
One Adult School ESL instructor was selected to participate in the TIMAC project in
Sacramento, a group devoted to developing technology mentors in adult schools. He has
returned and works as a peer providing technical and curriculum support.
One of the Visiting Committee Report’s Schoolwide Critical Areas for Follow-up that
originally was not included in the Action Plan is, “ Administration and Adult Teachers
Union collaborate to ensure that teachers receive periodic formal feedback.” In response
to this item a Teacher Evaluation process has been developed and is being piloted with
ESL instructors. The final form of the process will be negotiated with the Teachers
Part of the persistence efforts is to have an orientation to the school and ESL program for
the evening students. Many of the students have little education and have not been to
school in the United States.
GED Group Intake
A new intake process was developed for day GED students to enable students to start the
classes more quickly. A combined small group orientation and registration is held by the
GED instructor in order to give the students access to class by making only one
A major expansion for the Adult School is to have classes on Saturdays. It began in
response to ESL asking for classes on days they were not working. It has expanded to
include vocational classes, parent education classes, ESL classes at the day labor center
and Older Adult classes.
One of the fastest growing segments of the school is the parenting programs. Many of
the classes are held in collaboration with other entities, including San Mateo County
Probation Department, the Childcare Coordinating Council (4C’s) and KQED.
New budgeting software/data
The Adult School as part of the San Mateo Union High School District was included in a
new software system, CECC, which tracks budget and personnel transactions. The
system provides more information quickly than the previous system. Combined with
ASAP, the attendance program, and TOPSpro, the state’s accountability system, CECC is
able to provide more useful data for the leadership team to propose and devise solutions
Loss of EDD
A mainstay of efforts to connect Adult School students with jobs was the presence of an
EDD employee on campus 4 days a week. With cutbacks at the County level the service
�� A description of the school’s procedures for the implementation and the
monitoring of the single schoolwide action plan
The school established two committees in addition to the leadership team to oversee the
progress of the action plan. Each committee was charged with overseeing efforts to
implement two of the major goals of the action plan. The committees met every three
until the summer Fall of 2005 when they felt that the major portions of three of the major
action plan goals had been met. (Details below in the Action Plan section). It was felt
that the fourth goal, having to do with the ESLRs, was best accomplished at department
levels. With changes in leadership to all the major programs, the action plan goal
concerning ESLRs is ongoing.
II. Report on Schoolwide Action Plan Progress
�� Comment on the accomplishment of each schoolwide action plan
section; cite evidence including how each area has impacted student
achievement, i.e., accomplishment of one or more of the schoolwide
learning results and academic standards.
Schoolwide Action Plan:
Goal 1: Integrate ESLRs into curricula, develop and implement measurement tools.
For detailed individual program comments on this section of the plan see Goals above.
In general for most programs significant progress has been made on ESLR inclusion.
Instead of devising specific ESLR forms to add on top of existing curriculum, the
connection between the curriculum/assessment practices and the ESLRS has been
emphasized. A great deal of emphasis has been placed on student goal setting. What
remains to be done in most cases is to collect ESLR data as achievement data. The
emphasis on individual student appears to be a cause for increased student persistence
and an increase in positive standardized tests results.
Update curricula to include ESLRs
Distribute curricula to staff
Develop ESLR assessment tools
Pilot ESLR assessment
Refine ESLR assessment
Distribute and implement assessments schoolwide
Goal 2: Expand and improve communication patterns to students, staff, teachers
and administrators through a variety of approaches.
Conduct regular staff meetings
The leadership team meets weekly to discuss school issues. The ESL Department
holds monthly meetings for morning and afternoon main campus programs. The Older
Adult program meets altogether yearly after the October meeting and the fitness
instructors, the largest number of OA teachers, meets a second time in the year. Other
departments meet as needed.
Hold monthly Student Council meetings
Morning and evening student council meetings are held during the first week of
each month to discuss student issues and to manage the budget money generated from the
sale of student IDs.
Distribute monthly schoolwide calendar
A schoolwide calendar was developed and distributed for 8 months but it did not
appear to elicit much interest from the teachers or students as many of the calendars were
not picked up from teachers boxes or were recycled unread. The project was abandoned
although recently a printed yearly school calendar was created and distributed and
discussion about an online calendar was started.
Distribute staff Policy Book
The school handbook was developed and distributed to all staff in October 2004.
A revised edition is due in early 2007.
Create regular student newsletter
This was tried in two ways and was carried on sporadically for about a year and a
half. In the first instance, teachers and students were encouraged to submit articles or
items of interest to a staff secretary who typed and copied the newsletter. The difficulty
of getting articles led to the school paying a teacher to work as coordinator of the project
and having her involve students in the process. It again proved difficult to get student
involvement and the newsletter died with the teacher’s retirement.
Fifty percent of classes will develop Web pages
The project is underway. The Adult School sponsored a teacher to attend the
TIMAC mentoring program and he is assisting teachers with creating websites for their
Pilot monthly video news and broadcast on close-circuit television news on the
This project was attempted and proved too difficult to sustain.
Goal 3: Develop and execute projects to improve outreach and expansion to various
Continue relationship with local newspapers
The school continues to send write-ups of classes to local weekly papers which have
traditionally given space in the past. Paid advertising has been used to promote classes in
bi-yearly education sections of local papers. Newspapers are invited to school events
including International Day and graduation.
Continue to explore additional childcare options for students
The School continues to explore with the Childcare Coordinating Council (4C’s) ways to
provide childcare. An attempt to modify facilities on the main campus to accommodate
children proved unfeasible. The Adult School also worked with Family Service Agency
to explore a collaborative use of an off-campus childcare facility but the initial costs were
too high for the project to continue.
Participate in theme-based fairs at off-campus locations
The Older Adult programs participates in a minimum of 4 events a year including the San
Mateo County Fair, the Martin Luther King Center Health Fair and the Jackie Speier
sponsored Conference on Aging. The ESL program participates in several events a year
including the San Bruno Moon Festival and various elementary school fairs.
Increase advertising for all classes
In addition to newspaper advertising, the School has invested in banners which are able
to be used in various locations and developed a calendar that highlights its programs.
The Adult School is in the process of installing a marquee sign that will advertise classes
and school term openings. The ESL program registrar sends public service
announcements to non-English speaking radio stations. The Adult School participated in
the wrap-around portion of broadcasts of a popular ESL teaching segment of the local
public broadcasting system.
Continue to conduct community needs assessments
Through participation in various community groups, hosting the thrice yearly meeting
with the Community Advisory Board, monitoring local labor trends, and surveying
student needs, the Adult School maintains an ear to the ground for local needs.
Maintain classroom computers
A full time tech specialist position was created to address computer and software
maintenance issues. The availability of the tech specialist has made it possible to do
preventive maintenance on a regular basis for the first time.
Ensure cleanliness of facilities in the evening and off-campus
Cleanliness of facilities has been addressed through Student Council meetings. If issues
arise they are brought to administrative attention immediately because at least one
administrator attends every Student Council meeting.
Educate clerical staff regarding all classes and locations
The clerical staff meets before the latest brochure is distributed and program leaders
explain the class offerings.
Improve publicity for higher profiled graduation ceremonies
Invitations are sent to all District High Schools, the Board of Trustees, Community
Advisory Board and the event is publicized on the website.
Goal 4: Develop, communicate, and implement yearly, cost-effective, department-
specific professional development plans compatible with finances available.
Communicate existing policies on professional development to all staff on
a regular basis
The ESL department is informed of staff development opportunities at monthly meetings.
CALPRO offerings are posted as they become available and all teachers are invited to
attend. Local CATESOL and CCAE conferences are widely announced and attended by
staff. Older Adult teachers who gather less frequently are told at the annual schoolwide
meeting about the funds available for staff development. Fitness instructors have had
several in-services. Notices of local conferences on aging are given to each Older Adult
instructor and each year an in-service developed by a consortium of several local adult
schools is offered to all Older Adult instructors. The ASE/ABE/GED programs go to
CALPRO workshops and have in-service staff development on instructional software.
Hold twice yearly meetings devoted to curriculum development
ESL department has a minimum of 4 meetings a year to implement EL Civics
curriculum. In addition topic specific groups, e.g., technology in lessons and level
specific groups are paid to develop curriculum.
ASE/ABE/GED departments meet regularly to discuss curriculum.
Vocational teachers meet with the program coordinator to discuss curriculum.
Older Adults and AWD instructors meet at the annual meeting and topic specific
instructors meet at other times in the year.
Develop resource list for classes
A booklet was assembled and distributed by the ESL registrar. In addition whenever the
Community Information Handbook, developed by the County Library system is updated
and available, copies are given to all teachers.
Conference attendees share info to staff through structured in-service
Instructors in the academic programs that are held on the main campus, ESL as well as
ABE/GED/ASEinstructors share resources and information gathered from major