ERIC Number: ED302682
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
A Redefined Federal Role in Adult Literacy: Integrated Policies, Programs, and Procedures. Background Paper Prepared for Project on Adult Literacy.
Pierce, William F.
The Federal Government has been funding state- and locally operated adult literacy programs for nearly 25 years. Unfortunately, despite the best intentions and efforts, the federal initiative in adult literacy has been minimal, inefficient, and ineffective. There has been no consistent federal policy guiding the growth of programs since 1965. Neither has there been any mechanism for coordination among literacy efforts. There are three options for revising the existing organization structure for literacy programs within the Department of Education. The first is to consolidate existing programs into an existing federal agency, the second is to create an independent agency on adult literacy, and the third is to strengthen the existing structure. The Federal Government must formulate short- and long-term objectives to address the many problems facing adult literacy programming. The following are among the main problems facing adult literacy: unnecessary fragmentation of federal programs, programs with inconsistent and contradictory purposes, no systematic research agenda, no accountability at any level, no structured data collection and reporting system, no effective dissemination system, no coordination or cooperation among and between programs, and seriously inadequate funding. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Federal Government, Government Role, Literacy Education, Policy Formation, Program Administration, Program Development, Program Improvement, Public Policy
The Project on Adult Literacy, Suite 415, 440 First Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20001.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southport Inst. for Policy Analysis, Inc., CT.
Note: For related documents, see CE 051 679-685.