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ERIC Number: ED520147
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Addressing Achievement Gaps: Advancing Learning for Our Diverse Adult Population. Policy Notes. Volume 18, Number 2, Spring 2010
Yaffe, Deborah
Educational Testing Service
Decades ago, most U.S. companies hired locally, few jobs required a college education and even high school dropouts could find well-paying work. However, the world has changed. With automation and overseas outsourcing eliminating many low-skilled jobs--and, increasingly, many higher-skilled ones--more and more Americans need postsecondary education or training to earn a living wage. Many workers don't have such credentials, however, and reforming the K-12 education system will not fully solve this problem, because students will not enter the labor force for years. Today's workers need to upgrade their skills now. However, with research showing that millions of American adults lack basic literacy skills, let alone more advanced skills, helping adult learners will require new approaches to the funding, organization and delivery of postsecondary education and training. Bridging the divide between the skills today's workers possess and the skills the global economy requires was the subject of "Advancing Learning for Our Diverse Adult Population," the 13th in the Educational Testing Service's (ETS's) series of "Addressing Achievement Gaps" symposia, launched in 2003. The conference, co-convened by the American Association of Community Colleges and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, was held March 3 in Washington, D.C., and featured presentations by 16 academics, policy advocates and government officials. This issue of "Policy Notes" provides an overview of the conference, which included sessions on the following topics: (1) Examining the demographics, education, skills and workforce readiness of adults; (2) Accounting for alternative types of adult education and training; (3) Promoting innovations in private sector and government policies; and (4) Recognizing multiple needs, levels and markets for adult education. (Contains 1 table and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Policy Information Center
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia; United States; Washington