Past Effectiveness of WEST ABE Consortium in improving skills for ABE students WEST ABE has a long history of serving the literacy needs of adult learners and has been delivering ABE services for 23 years. What started as a small consortium between a few adjacent school districts has grown to be a large consortium serving 17 school districts, 3 county jails, the Workforce Center and one business. WEST ABE Consortium employees 34 part time teachers, one part time Data Specialist, a part time secretary and a full time ABE Coordinator. In addition, two of the teachers serve as Volunteer Coordinators and just last year WEST expanded the hours of one teacher to oversee College and Career Readiness (CCRS) alignment and training for the entire consortium. Two teachers are certified in STudent Achievement in Reading (STAR) for administering evidence-based reading practices. One teacher oversees and is spearheading the NorthStar Digital Literacy Initiative for our consortium and two teachers and the administrator are trained in College and Career Readiness (CCRS). The consortium has remained fairly static in terms of school district membership, classroom locations and staffing over the last few years. However on a statewide level, the ABE system statewide underwent significant changes in reporting, testing and the new College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS). We are constantly seeking ways to improve delivery of meaningful and valuable services. The rollout of GED 2014, realignment of local assessment policies to determine the National Reporting System (NRS) functioning levels, the new TABE and CASAS tests, the introduction of the new Student Information Database (SID) and the adoption and implementation of the ABE content standards have given WEST ABE a challenge to keep up with the constant change. All teachers are part time and many have full-time jobs by day and only work one or two nights a week. Training and implementation across the consortium was stepped up with added bimonthly trainings to include evening trainings for those whose primary job is not ABE. Examination of performance data from Table 4 (Educational Gains and Attendance by Educational Functioning Level) of the state grant application indicate that WEST has met or exceeded negotiated state performance measures in 7 of 11 Functioning Levels. Those levels are: ABE Levels 2 and 3, ESL Levels 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6. While these outcomes are not perfect, they indicate an ability to deliver quality educational services in a challenging and changing statewide system. Our greatest obstacle is getting our students to the 40-hour mark to be post-tested, especially in the county jail settings.