ERIC Number: ED329735
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Toward Integrated Adult Learning Systems: The Status of State Literacy Efforts.
Silvanik, Robert A.
Information was collected about the current status of state literacy and basic skills efforts through a comprehensive survey of state literacy initiatives conducted in the summer of 1990. A total of 390 responses were received from the more than 400 surveys sent to governors' offices, state agencies, and Statewide literacy organizations. Results of the survey were reported under two broad themes: state leadership for literacy and state strategies for literacy. According to the survey results, 40 states have a state-level coalition, council, or similar entity that serves, at a minimum, as a coordinating mechanism for literacy-providing agencies and organizations. However, in most cases, their scope of activity does not extend far beyond public awareness. Where strong leadership for literacy exists, it usually consists of some combination of sources, such as the governor's office, a state agency, the state legislature, or the volunteer or private sectors. A review of strategy implementation showed that few states have accurately determined the problem, about one-third of the states have established some type of state-level performance expectations for literacy services, and 16 states have implemented some type of systematic mechanism to foster business and/or union involvement in adult literacy. The study concluded that some states have begun to bring coherence to the fragmented array of programs and providers that make up the current delivery system for adult literacy; however, much work remains to be done. Recommendations were made in the areas of state leadership, assessment, performance expectations, accountability, professional development, and promotion of experiential and self-directed learning. (Appendices include survey instruments, summary of respondents, and selected aggregate responses.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Gannett Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: National Governors' Association, Washington, DC. Center for Policy Research.