Current Policy Papers
All current Coalition policy papers are listed below. These papers guide NCL’s public policy advocacy work in several areas that intersect with adult education and literacy. The Coalition’s policy positions are developed in accordance with its Public Policy Procedures.
NCL Priorities for WIA Reauthorization
NCL’s Priorities for WIA Reauthorization lists overarching issues critical for Congress to address in the next reauthorization bill.
NCL’s WIA Side-by-Side Analysis
NCL’s WIA Side-by-Side Analysis provides an in-depth comparison of current law with line by line recommendations from NCL. Updated in 2010, the side-by-side includes an update with respect to state leadership. It also now includes detailed recommendations for replacing the National Institute for Literacy with a new Center on Adult Education, Literacy, and Workforce Skills.
National Reporting System (NRS) Reform Recommendations
NCL adopted overarching recommendations for reforming the NRS, the national accountability system for federally-funded adult education programs. The Coalition is using these recommendations to advocate for specific NRS changes with policymakers.
NCL Response to OVAE’s NRS Recommendations
NCL responds to OVAE’s NRS recommendations put forth during the NRS meeting with state directors on August 4-5, 2010.
NCL’s Response to the Senate Discussion Draft of the Workforce Investment Act of 2011
The Center Recommendations policy paper is excerpted from the side-by-side so that legislative staff and advocates can easily locate the changes NCL recommends with respect to replacing the National Institute for Literacy.
Elementary and Secondary Education Act Proposed Changes
The National Coalition for Literacy submitted the following recommendations to the section on parental engagement in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which is known currently as the No Child Left Behind Act. These recommendations were submitted to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee as they worked to create a new bill to reauthorize ESEA. The major purpose of NCL’s recommendations is to strengthen the relationship between programs under the ESEA and adult education and family literacy programs. By improving the literacy skills of parents and caregivers, family engagement and participation in the full education of their children will take place.
NCL Public Policy Principles
The following public policy principles will guide NCL’s advocacy work in the following areas:
Overarching Federal Public Policy Principles
—Outlines overarching principles guiding all of NCL’s advocacy in the public policy arena.
English Language Learning Principles
—Describes principles to guide NCL advocacy during immigration reform.
National Center on Adult Education, Literacy, and Workforce Skills
—Lists guiding principles for a new Center to replace the National Institute for Literacy, addressing the field’s unique needs with respect to coordination, research, technology, and professional quality.
Professional Quality Policy Principles
—Outlines guiding principles for professional quality and professional development at the federal, state, and local levels: Increase state leadership to a minimum of 15% to improve professional quality by providing more professional development, improving working conditions, professionalizing the workforce, and researching what practitioners need to be effective.