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Richard L. Stiles Collection at the California Adult Education Archives
OTAN FA 006  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Administrative History
  • Indexing Terms
  • Scope and Content of the Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Title: Richard L. Stiles
    Date (inclusive): 1978-1997
    Identifier/Call Number: OTAN FA 006
    Creator: Richard L. Stiles
    Physical Description: Three file boxes, one oversize box
    Repository: Sacramento County Office of Education. Outreach and Technical Assistance Network.
    P.O. Box 269003
    Sacramento, CA 95826-9003
    Abstract: Richard L. Stiles was a consultant in the California Department of Education from 1975-2001, serving in the Adult Education Office from 1979-1988 and 1991-2001, and in the Amnesty Education Office from 1988-1991, where he was Manager. The largest part of the collection consists of California adult education data reports, analyses, and correspondence related to the federal Adult Basic Education Enrollment Reports (ABE-1) for California to the California Basic Educational System (CBEDS). Also included are papers about the CA State Department of Education Management reorganization from 1986-1987, the State Literacy Resource Centers (SLRCS) 1992, and the adult education governance and funding issues in 1995, including the CBO audits. Another significant section of papers is related to California's federal 310 projects, especially the development of the California Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) from 1980-1992. There are copies of twelve background papers related to assessment and test development. The collection includes original masters of ten products of the Adult Education Institute, most with diskettes. Also included is the original application for local agencies to provide educational services for the Immigration and Reform and Control Act (IRCA)of 1986.
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Location: The materials are in the California Adult Education Archives maintained by the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network at the Sacramento County Office of Education. For current information on the location of the materials, please consult the OTAN Web site at http://www.otan.us.

    Access

    The collection is open for research by appointment. Please call the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network.

    Publication Rights

    California Adult Education archival materials are publically funded and not subject to copyright restrictions. Publications should properly reference the Archives and the specific collection that contains the quoted materials. See Preferred Citation. Some copyrighted materials are contained within this collection and the copyright has not been ceded to the Archives. For these materials, the owner of the copyright should be contacted.

    Preferred Citation

    Guide to the Richard L. Stiles Collection at the California Adult Education Archives. OTAN FA 006. Adult Education Archives, Outreach and Technical Assistance Network, Sacramento County Office of Education, Sacramento, CA

    Acquisition Information

    After his retirement from the California Department of Education in 2002, Richard L. Stiles donated his working files to the CA Adult Education Archives at the Sacramento County Office of Education. The files were retained in the original boxes until they were indexed and processed in 2007.

    Administrative History

    Richard L. Stiles was a consultant in the California (State) Department of Education (SDE, CDE) from 1975-2001, serving in the Adult Education Office from 1979-1988 and 1991-2001, and in the Amnesty Education Office from 1988-1991, where he was Manager.
    Dr. Stiles earned his B.S. and M.S. in Education at the University of Idaho in 1962 and 1965, and his Ed.D. in Measurement and Evaluation, Guidance and Counseling, and Higher Education from Washington State University in 1971.
    After several years as a research associate and consultant in testing and assessment in the state of Washington, Dr. Stiles joined the California State Department of Education in 1975. He worked four years in the Office of Program Evaluation and Research where he developed and implemented the California High School Proficiency Examination.
    Dr. Stiles joined the Adult Education Unit in November, 1979, where he was Coordinator of Adult Basic Education Research and Demonstration Projects. He helped plan, develop, implement, and coordinate California's statewide competency-based educational delivery system (CBAE) for adult education students below the high school graduation level. The system integrated staff development, assessment, program evaluation and the dissemination of support materials and personnel to aid in the implementation of CBAE. California's program evaluation and assessment efforts achieved national recognition from the federal government and from the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education. Dr. Stiles was instrumental in the development of the California Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS), which was validated for dissemination by the National Diffusion Network.
    Following a reorganization of SDE and a short assignment as special projects coordinator in the Program Support Unit of the newly formed Youth, Adult and Alternative Education(YAAES)Division, Dr. Stiles was appointed lead consultant and acting administrator for the implementation of the educational provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986. He served in that capacity until August 1988 when he as appointed Manager of the Amnesty Education Office where he served until August 1991. During the IRCA period, Dr. Stiles was chair of the multi-agency policiy task force called Greater Avenues to Independence (GAIN)and developed a five-year educational delivery plan to help newly legalized persons to meet their education requirements under IRCA. He managed a system of disbursing State Legalization Impact Assistance Grants (SLIAG) to 250 local education providers that served one million newly legalized adults adjusting to permanent residency in California.
    Following the successful completion of the Amnesty efforts, Dr. Stiles returned to the Adult Education Unit in 1991, where he served in various capacities, including a year (1997-1998) as Acting Manager. He coordinated California's federal plan to implement the National Literacy Act of 1991 and the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Title II, that resulted in annual local assistance funding to 200 to 500 providers of literacy and in funding for research and development. He was responsible for monitoring outside contracts that provided statewide leadership services for data collection and assessment, for staff development, and for electronic communications, technical assistance, and resources. Another key accomplishment was the establishment of a collaborative literacy council involving six state-level agencies to focus on the literacy needs of adults. State Literacy Regional Centers (SLRCs) were funded through this program.
    During his career with the California Department of Education, Dr. Stiles provided advice and guidance on all matters related to data collecation and knowledge bases. On the national level, Dr. Stiles was a member of the National Advisory Board that assisted in the development and implementation of the National Reporting System.

    Indexing Terms

    Corporate Names

    Adult Education Institute for Research and Planning
    California Adult Student Assessment System [pre 1986] see Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System
    California. Dept. of Education
    California. Dept. of Education. Adult Education Office
    California. Dept. of Education. Adult Education Policy and Planning Unit
    California. Dept. of Education. Adult Education Unit
    California. Dept. of Education. Amnesty Education Office
    California. State Dept. of Education [pre 1990] see California. Dept. of Education
    Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (Foundation for Educational Achievement)

    Personal Names

    Richard L. Stiles

    Subject (ERIC Thesaurus)

    Adult Education
    Adult Literacy
    Adult Students
    Community Education
    Educational Assessment
    Educational Research
    Enrollment
    Resource Centers
    State Department of Education
    State Federal Aid
    Statewide Planning
    Statistical Data
    Strategic Planning
    Test Construction

    Scope and Content of the Collection

    The largest part of the collection consists of California adult education data reports, analyses, and correspondence related to the federal Adult Basic Education Enrollment Reports (ABE-1) for California to the California Basic Educational System (CBEDS). The ABE-1 Report series covers 1979-1996 with additional statistics back to 1971 included. Fiscal years 1988, 1989, and 1990 are missing from the ABE-1 collection. The CBEDS series covers 1981-92 through 1997 and lacks reports of data collected in years 1987, 1988, and 1992. There is one folder of CAP and revenue limit data for 1996/97 and 1997/98.
    There are six folders of papers about the CA State Department of Education Management reorganization from 1986-1987, four folders related to the State Literacy Resource Centers (SLRCS) 1992, and five folders related to the adult education governance and funding issues in 1995, including the CBO audits.
    Another significant section of papers is related to California's federal 310 projects with sixteen folders related to the development of the California Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) from 1980-1992. There are copies of twelve background papers related to assessment and test development. The collection includes original masters of ten products of the Adult Education Institute, most with diskettes.
    Also included is the camera-ready copy of the original application for local agencies to provide educational services for the Immigration and Reform and Control Act(IRCA)of 1986.

    Arrangement of the Collection

    The material is organized into eight series: (1) Federal Adult Basic Education Enrollment Reports (ABE-1) for California; (2) California Basic Educational Data System (CBEDS); (3) California Adult Education Data; (4) California State Department of Education Mangement 1986-1987; (5) State Literacy Resource Centers (SLRCs) 1992; (6) CA Adult Education Governance and Funding Issues 1995; (7) Federal 310 Projects; and (8) IRCA Services Application.