ERIC Number: ED233179
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun-20
Reference Count: 0
Poor Design and Management Hamper Army's Basic Skills Education Program. Report to the Secretary of the Army.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
The Army's Basic Skills Education Program (BSEP) was studied to consider whether it was properly designed to determine the basic skills needed in Army jobs and to be effectively implemented. Information and reports on BSEP were reviewed, and three major commands were selected for evaluation. In designing the program, the Army did not identify the basic skills required for each military job and, instead, devised blanket literacy levels. To remediate this problem, the Army awarded contracts to relate grade-level requirements to job performance. BSEP has not been effective in alleviating soldiers' deficiencies in basic skills due to the lack of centralized management and the lack of program evaluations. Studies have shown that short-term remedial programs do not provide the competency needed to master highly technical material in many Army jobs, and substantial resources would be required to bridge the literacy gap. Recommendations were that the Secretary of the Army should defer renewal of all contracts for basic skills education at installations until the program is revised, offer basic skills education only during off-duty hours, define the basic skills required for each military job, and determine whether the desired skills are attainable. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Programs, Basic Skills, Enlisted Personnel, Literacy Education, Military Training, Program Administration, Program Design, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Remedial Programs
General Accounting Office, Document Handling and Information Services Facility, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20760 (First five copies--free; additional copies bound--$3.25, unbound--$1.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Army; Basic Skills Education Program