ERIC Number: ED459315
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Building a Level Playing Field: The Need To Expand and Improve the National and State Adult Education and Literacy Systems. NCSALL Occasional Paper.
Comings, John; Reder, Stephen; Sum, Andrew
In the new economy, Americans need a strong foundation of basic skills and education to succeed in their adult roles as workers, family members, and citizens. Analysts estimate over 20 percent of Americans lack the foundation of basic skills and education they need. One way to understand how basic skills lead to success in the 21st century is to look at the demand for them in work, family, and community settings. In work, the need to apply basic skills to changing situations requires a higher level of fluency, speed, and accuracy. Changes in family life require adults to use their literacy and math skills to acquire information and build a base of knowledge for decisions about health care, finances, and retirement. In the community, Americans need strong basic skills to exercise their rights and participate fully as citizens. Services are provided to adults through basic skills, family literacy, English as a second language (ESL) and general educational development (GED) programs coordinated under the Workforce Investment Act. Three priorities to expand and improve services are to increase resources, increase access, and improve instruction. A publication that summarizes discussions that took place at the 2000 National Literacy Summit, "From the Margins to the Mainstream," could provide a blueprint for the federal government for investing in the adult education and literacy system. (Contains 27 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Basic Education, Basic Skills, Citizen Role, Disadvantaged, Economic Impact, Educational Resources, Employee Responsibility, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Family Role, Federal Aid, Federal Government, Government Role, High School Equivalency Programs, Instructional Improvement, Job Performance, Job Skills, Labor Force Development, Lifelong Learning, Literacy Education, Occupational Information, Outcomes of Education, Program Improvement
For full text: http://gseweb.harvard.edu/~ncsall/research/op comings.pdf.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. Div. of Adult Education and Literacy.
Authoring Institution: National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy, Boston, MA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Workforce Investment Act 1998
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests