WKCTC to Give Back Incentive Funding
By WestKyStar Staff
PADUCAH, KY - Incorrect reporting of student testing data at the McCracken County Adult Education program has caused more state money to be given to a local college than it should have received.
West Kentucky Community & Technical College has agreed to give back incentive funding it received after an audit found the Kentucky Adult Education program received funds based on incorrect test scores. The audit looked at the program over the past three years.
The incentive money will be returned to the state adult education program, the regulator of the Test for Adult Basic Education.
Students enrolled in the adult program must take the TABE test to establish an educational level for teachers to construct an education plan. After 30 to 60 hours of class time, students are tested for progress.
According to a news release from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, a program’s students must display at least a 54 percent level gain for colleges to get incentive funding. WKCTC president Barbara Veazey told the Paducah Sun she was not sure about how long the program reported inaccurate data.
The school received on average about $40,000 every year in incentive funding, but Veazey was unsure just how much would have to be returned to the state adult education program. Veazey also said WKCTC officials immediately reviewed the program and notified the adult education agency when the problem was discovered.
The Adult Education Agency conducted its own review prior to reporting results to the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education and the state Auditor of Public Accounts office.
There was no word on what, if any action would be taken in response to the inaccurate reporting.