ERIC Number: ED470914
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Literacy Works: Moving from the Margins to the Mainstream. Report of the Task Force To Study Adult Education.
Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore.
A task force studied adult education services in Maryland. The task force heard presentations from a wide range of stakeholders, including adult learners, professional associations, administrators, practitioners, and educational researchers. The presentations confirmed that the need for adult education services in Maryland is extensive and the impact of adult education on the state's workforce and economy is substantial. Existing client groups include workers in need of retraining, those without high school diplomas, nonnative speakers of English, adults needing literacy and/or basic skills instruction, and inmates and probationers. Although federal funding for adult education services has increased substantially since 1998, state funding has decreased, creating additional burden on local funding sources. Among East Coast states, only New Hampshire and Rhode Island had lower state appropriations for adult education in fiscal 2001. The task force issued the following recommendations to Maryland policymakers: (1) significantly increase public and private investment in the adult education system; (2) target new resources to improving adult education outcomes by increasing access to services, removing learner barriers, ensuring a professional workforce, and connecting students to careers, further education, or the workplace; (3) enhance accountability to increase the return on present and future investments; and (4) improve services for incarcerated individuals and probationers. (Contains 29 tables.) (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Accountability, Adult Basic Education, Adult Education, Adult Literacy, Articulation (Education), Comparative Analysis, Correctional Education, Delivery Systems, Dropouts, Economic Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Finance, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Educational Supply, Educational Trends, English (Second Language), Enrollment, Enrollment Trends, Family Literacy, Federal Programs, Federal State Relationship, Government School Relationship, High School Equivalency Programs, Labor Force Development, Literacy Education, Needs Assessment, Outcomes of Education, Policy Formation, Position Papers, Professional Development, Public Policy, Resource Allocation, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Strategic Planning, Teacher Improvement, Trend Analysis
For full text: http://www.msde.state.md.us/pdf_files/literacy_works.pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore.
Identifiers - Location: Maryland