ERIC Number: ED425780
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep-9
Reference Count: N/A
The Literacy Connection: Improving Adult Literacy in New Jersey. Report and Recommendations from the Commission on Higher Education and the State Employment and Training Commission's Task Force on Adult Literacy.
New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission, Trenton.; New Jersey State Commission on Higher Education.
A New Jersey Task Force on Adult Literacy recommended ways to improve the literacy delivery system for adults. This report and its recommendations focus on improving coordinated interagency planning and accountability to increase governmental efficiency, and on advancing the employability and self-sufficiency of the three million low-literate adults in New Jersey. The report asserts the idea that education is highly correlated with success; education affects employability, wages, productivity, the ability to function effectively in the family and community, and, ultimately, the state's economic well-being. A lack of literacy is directly related to the incidence of incarceration, dependency on public assistance, and a number of other social problems. Findings in this report, based on a 1994 survey of individuals age 16 to 64, reveal that nearly one-half of New Jersey's adults function at the lowest levels of literacy as defined by the National Adult Literacy Survey. Recommendations include improved planning and coordination, ensured responsiveness to customer needs, expanded staff development opportunities, improved program accountability, and increased awareness of the importance of literacy programs. (Contains 16 references.) (AS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission, Trenton.; New Jersey State Commission on Higher Education.