ERIC Number: ED337652
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Adult Education for the Homeless: 1989 Report, 1990 Report.
Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System, San Diego, CA.
Homeless individuals are eligible for adult education services, such as literacy training and basic skills remediation, under the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act. In California, 7 agencies in 1989 and 13 in 1990 were selected as service providers to serve 100 homeless adults each per project year. Each funded agency assessed individuals' basic skills using vocational assessment instruments and the Employability Competency System (ECS) Appraisal developed by the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS). Demographic characteristics--gender, ethnicity, age, education, and native language--were compiled for 542 participants in 1989 and 1,686 in 1990. CASAS test scores for reading and math at four levels of functional literacy were determined. In 1989, a Goal Attainment Survey received 840 responses. Participants reported the main reasons for enrolling: 29% wanted to obtain a better job; 44% reported education as a primary goal; and 26% reported improvement of personal/communication problems as a primary goal. (Tables and charts present demographic and test score data. Test results reported on the CASAS scale are divided into four functional levels: (1) below 200; (2) 200 to 214; (3) 215 to 224; and (4) above 225. Goal attainment by reason for enrollment, the goal attainment survey, and the ECS Appraisal form are included in the 1989 report.) (NLA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Youth, Adult and Alternative Educational Services Div.
Authoring Institution: Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System, San Diego, CA.
Identifiers: California; Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System; Employability Competency System Appraisal Test