The Visual

The Visual

Onscreen now is a thumbnail image of the Literacy/Numeracy Decision Path for the third (and subsequent) years after a state implements the WIA Literacy/Numeracy Measure.

There are 14 decision points in this flow chart, so it is a bit complicated. We will step quickly through these decision points in order to acquaint you with them, but the best approach is to print and study a full-size copy.

Now let's take a look at the 14 decision points.

At each point, a new question is asked. All questions can be answered with a simple Yes or No, starting with the first decision point, "Is the client an Out of School Youth?"

If the answer is No, then the client is excluded from the Measure. If the answer is Yes, then go to question two, "Was the Date of the First Youth Service (DFYS) on or after the literacy/numeracy start date?"

If No, the client is excluded from the Measure. If Yes, proceed to decision point three, "Is the client Basic Skills Deficient?"

If No, the client is excluded from the Measure. If Yes, move to decision point four, "Is the client's Anniversary Date within the reporting period?"

If No, the client is excluded from the Current Report. If Yes, proceed to decision point five, "Is the Anniversary Date on or before the Date of the First Youth Service (DFYS) plus three years?"

If No, the client is excluded from the Measure. If Yes, go to decision point six, "Did the client exit within the current participation year?"

If No, jump to decision point eleven. We will return to decision point eleven after following the other branch—initiated by a Yes answer to the sixth question—through to its conclusion at decision point ten.

So, if the client did exit within the current participation year, then proceed to decision point seven, which asks "Did the client Exit in the first participation year?"

If No, then the client is excluded from the Measure and is no longer in the Measure for future participation years. If Yes, move to decision point eight: "Did the client exit because of exclusion?"

If Yes, the client is excluded from the Measure and is no longer in the Measure for future participation years. If no, proceed to decision point nine, "Was there an EFL gain?"

If No, then the client is added to the denominator only, and is no longer in the Measure for future participation years. If Yes, go to decision point ten: "Was the post-test on or before the exit date?"

If No, add the client to the denominator only—the client is no longer in the Measure for future participation years. If Yes, add the client to the numerator AND the denominator. The client is no longer in the Measure for future participation years.

Now let's return to the start of the other decision path branch, decision point eleven, "Did the youth pre-test?"

If No, then add the client to the denominator only. If Yes, proceed to decision point twelve, "Did the youth post-test?"

If No, add the client to the denominator only. If Yes, proceed to the next decision point, "Is the client's post-test within the current participation year?"

If No, add the client to the denominator only. Answering yes to this question leads to one of three outcomes:

  • If the EFL gain was greater than six, the client is no longer basic skills deficient and will not be in the Measure for future participation years.
  • If the EFL gain was less than or equal to six, add the client to both the numerator and the denominator and go to decision point fourteen.
  • If there was no EFL gain, add the client to the denominator only and go to decision point 14.

Decision point fourteen asks, "Is the client still Basic Skills Deficient." If No, the client is no longer eligible for future participation years. If Yes, return to decision point four.

As we said earlier, it's a bit complicated. To download and/or print a copy of the full-size Decision Path flow chart, click on the Samples button (above).

Last modified: Wednesday, 18 July 2012, 11:23 AM