NEW:A TIME OF SCARCE RESOURCES: Near Term Priorities in Adult Education The Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy (CAAL) reports on a survey project about highest priority next steps for the adult education field in this time of scarce financial resources. These include moving more toward high intensity-managed enrollment instruction models, increasing professional/staff development opportunities (even in a time of scarce resources), making much more use of technology, and developing new funding sources, including, as appropriate, some form of fee for service. The other major section of the paper presents a menu of ideas, including a discussion of articulating core curriculum standards and the GED.
NEW:Adult Education Data: 5 Years Research Allies for Lifelong Learning looked at national enrollment, staffing, and outcomes data for adult education programs. Data were from 2006-07 to 2010-11, the most current years available. Enrollment data tell us about the types of learners who entered programs. Staffing data provide information on staff working in adult education programs. Also, adult learners entering a program may have goals beyond learning basic skills. These goals might include getting or keeping a job. They may want to take the GED® test or go to college. If they meet a goal, they have made an outcome. Data on outcomes tell us how many adult learners meet goals. They can also reveal how outcomes change across time.
NEW: 2011 Annual Statistical Report on the GED Test The 2011 GED Testing Program Statistical Report provides data on adults who passed the GED exam. The report gives demographics and GED Tests performance statistics as well as background on the GED testing program. Learn about the gender, ethnicity, and long-term goals of GED 2011 test-takers.
Changing the Odds: Informing Policy with Research on How Adult Learners Succeed
AIR hosted a Symposium, Changing the Odds: Informing Policy with Research on How Adult Learners Succeed, on September 16, 2009. The panelists and participants discussed innovative solutions and collaborations for supporting today’s low-skilled adult learners and challenges to improving adult education and workforce development outcomes facing the nation.
Heidi Silver-Pacuilla on How to Make Adult Learners More Successful Heidi Silver-Pacuilla of the American Institutes for Research discusses some barriers to increased economic opportunity and ways to overcome them. The interview was conducted in the AIM studio on May 13, 2010 and is now posted to the YouTube channel, Policy Innovations. Watch it on the right or grab it for your advocacy work from here.
Economic and Noneconomic Outcomes for GED Credential Recipients Economic and Noneconomic Outcomes for GED Credential Recipients provides evidence on the outcomes of those who earned the GED. On the economic outcomes, this study examines labor force participation, work history, weekly wage, and personal income. On the noneconomic outcomes, this study looks into political and social participation, family literacy, and health. For a full listing of GED Testing Service research and reports, visit the GED Testing Service Research Studies web page.
2008-2009 Annual Report to Congress on State Performance
The Annual Report to Congress details the status of the adult education program authorized under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) in 2008-2009. It includes National Reporting System (NRS) data on how well programs performed nationally and by state. It also contains data on student characteristics.