ERIC Number: ED385763
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
National Evaluation of Adult Education Programs. Learner Outcomes and Program Results. Fourth Report.
Young, Malcolm B.; And Others
A third-party national evaluation of the basic grants section of the Adult Education Act was conducted in September 1990. The study drew on data from the following sources: 1990 mail survey of all federally supported local service providers; longitudinal study of local programs that provided information on the characteristics of more than 22,000 adults enrolled in local programs from April 1991 to April 1992; and telephone survey of a subsample of nearly 6,000 clients 6 months after they left the program. The samples were weighted to make them nationally representative. The program was serving between 2.6 and 3.2 million clients annually (approximately 46% in English-as-a-Second-Language programs, 30% in adult secondary education, and 24% in adult basic education). The program was credited with improving clients' reading, employment, and self-concept levels. Its population was increasing by about two-thirds more than its capacity. Appendixes constituting approximately 50% of this report include the following: table detailing the study objectives and reports where they are addressed; telephone survey instrument; information on sample design, data collection, and standard errors; persistence tables; methodology of the learning gains study; and 35 selected updated tables from second interim report. Contains 54 tables/figures and 33 references. (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Adult Basic Education, Adult Education, Adult Programs, Educational Needs, English (Second Language), Enrollment, Enrollment Trends, Financial Support, National Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Participant Characteristics, Participation, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Secondary Education, State Federal Aid, Student Attrition, Tables (Data)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of the Under Secretary.
Authoring Institution: Development Associates, Inc., Arlington, VA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Adult Education Act