ERIC Number: ED389956
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Iowa Adult Basic Skills Survey. Final Report.
Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System, San Diego, CA.
This report is a comprehensive needs assessment study that provides the foundation for a statewide adult basic education (ABE) accountability system in Iowa. Data from this study, conducted in 1993-94 by the Iowa Department of Education, were collected through a survey mailed to a total of 9,700 ABE program staff, community agency contact persons, Private Industry Council, business and industry, and other literacy partners. Analysis of the total usable return of 3,483 surveys (36 percent) provided priority ratings for competency areas and comparisons of the rankings by business and industry and by literacy providers. Basic communication was rated as the highest competency, followed by learning to learn, employment, and health. Success in job search and on-the-job skills were considered to be important by all survey respondents. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills were also rated very highly, whereas consumer and legal skills were less highly rated, especially by business and industry. Results of the survey can be used to design a research-based, customized curriculum and assessment system that will improve Iowa's adult basic education program effectiveness. This is a first step in establishing a statewide accountability system. The survey instrument and data tables are appended. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Iowa State Dept. of Education, Des Moines. Div. of Community Colleges.
Authoring Institution: Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System, San Diego, CA.
Identifiers: Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System; Iowa