The program values and supports the
development of independence, critical thinking and problem solving.
Key Core Quality Standard:
10. Ratio of Learners to Instructors: A quality literacy program has a ration
of learners to instructors which is appropriate to learner's needs and levels
as well as to the mode of instruction.
The program has a realistic ratio of instructors to learners to ensure that
diverse needs of the learners can be met.
- The program has a policy of establishing appropriate
ratios of instructors to learners for different modes and levels of
instruction, based upon its own experiences, research and evaluation, shared
information with other literacy programs, and the literature on the
effectiveness of literacy training.
- The program's policy on ratio is used for a basis for
establishing staff levels and targets for recruiting and training volunteer
tutors and for deciding upon its allocation of resources for various modes of
instruction (for example one-on-one vs. group instruction).
- The program's policy on ratios is used as a basis for
deciding how many learners the program can accommodate at any one time.
Ratios are adjusted, as appropriate, to take into
consideration special needs and circumstances of learners.
- Initial and ongoing assessments identify the need for
additional or special instruction, as well as the appropriateness of a
different mode of instruction (for example one-on-one in comparison with a
- Smaller class or additional instructors or other supporters
are used for learners with special needs, such as people with multiple
handicaps, who require additional assistance.