ERIC Number: ED366726
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Adult Literacy in Ohio: A Commonality of Concerns. A Report on the Governor's Literacy 2000 Regional Summits.
Ohio Literacy Network, Columbus.
Ohio's Literacy 2000 initiative was launched in fall 1992 to examine opportunities and challenges for meeting the state's adult literacy needs. More than 600 Ohioans discussed their concerns regarding critical aspects of literacy at four regional summits. Nationally recognized leaders in adult literacy, representatives of exemplary local literacy programs, and formerly illiterate adult learners spoke at the summit. According to information gathered through pre- and postsummit questionnaires and small group discussions, the summit participants believe the following: Ohio is at a competitive disadvantage in literacy with other states/nations; adult literacy problems are a major factor in students' success/failure in school; Ohio parents lacking basic skills should be the primary target of literacy programs; and literacy assessments should be based on performance rather than on standardized measures. The following common themes were identified as a basis for building a statewide strategy for literacy: illiteracy as an intergenerational phenomenon and social/economic imperative for action and the need for improved research, greater collaboration in literacy efforts, and coordinated action by state leadership in Ohio. (Appended are the summit questionnaire and a table of regional responses to the small group discussion questions.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Futures (of Society), Needs Assessment, Statewide Planning, Strategic Planning, Workplace Literacy, Workshops
Ohio Literacy Network, 1500 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, OH 43221 ($1.50).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio Literacy Network, Columbus.