ERIC Number: ED469007
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Basic Skills Certificate Development: A Report on State and National Systems.
By the Numbers, State College, PA.
Interviews with representatives from nine states (Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Iowa, Ohio [Canton City Schools only], Oregon, Rhode Island, and West Virginia) and two nations (Australia and the United Kingdom) provided a context for the development of a certificate of basic or foundational skills as an indicator of an adult's job-readiness. The interviews were intended to ascertain how Pennsylvania can develop, structure, and implement an interim basic skills certificate indicating proficiency for adults without high school or General Educational Development diplomas. A synthesis of responses indicated some states focus on basic skills, others on work skills, and some on both; reasons for developing certificates were similar, although some states had deeper commitment and connection to business; and processes for developing certificates varied widely: some states used multiple assessments; others, primarily CASAS (Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System). States awarded certificates at the local or state level. Implementing the certificate had implications for professional development of staff in adult literacy programs. Many employers accepted the certificates, but much more should be done to ensure buy-in and strengthen their acceptance. Liability, based on assessment validity and what the certificate indicated, was a legal concern in most states; two states developed disclaimers to avoid legal battles and two would retrain if an employee no longer demonstrated the skills that the certificate indicated. Learners and employers benefitted. Difficulties were teacher and administrator resistance, reaching consensus on the competencies, and performing reliable, valid assessment. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Vocational Education, Basic Skills, Comparative Analysis, Competence, Educational Certificates, Employer Attitudes, Employment Potential, Entry Workers, Foreign Countries, High School Equivalency Programs, Job Skills, Legal Responsibility, Literacy Education, Program Development, Program Implementation, School Business Relationship, State Programs, Student Certification, Workplace Literacy
For full text: http://www.ed.psu.edu/foundationskills/pdf/Basic_Skills_Certifica te_Deve_1.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Inst. for the Study of Adult Literacy.
Authoring Institution: By the Numbers, State College, PA.