ERIC Number: ED406565
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Participation in Basic Skills Education: 1994-95. Statistics in Brief.
Kim, Kwang; And Others
Information about the participation of adults in basic skills education was gathered in the 1995 National Household Education Survey, which investigated participation during the 12 months prior to the telephone interviews. Of the 23,969 adults sampled for the adult education component, 80 percent completed the interview. Key findings included the following: (1) about 1.8 million adults participated in basic skills education; (2) younger adults were more likely to participate and adults over 55 were less likely to participate; (3) about 1.5 million adults received a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or were aged 20 and older and earned a high school diploma; (4) two-thirds of participants in basic skills education attended for 13 weeks or less; (5) 80 percent of participants spent $100 or less for all costs associated with basic skills education; (6) lack of time was the main barrier to participation; (7) adults with higher levels of education were more likely to participate in high school completion programs; and (8) employed or unemployed adults had a higher rate of participation in high school completion programs than did adults who were not in the labor force at all. (20 references) (KC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Basic Education, Adult Students, Age, Basic Skills, High School Equivalency Programs, Student Participation
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests