Administration Proposes Improvements to Accountability Systems for Adult Education

Sep 07, 2010

by Marcie Foster

Federal officials are pursing changes to the way adult education programs track participants so that they better reflect educational gains and outcomes for a wider variety of students. The Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) intends to identify a set of short-term measures that can be implemented quickly-by July 2011-without requiring reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act or additional research.

Many of these recommendations are consistent with CLASP's proposal to develop a shared system of accountability for Titles I and II that focuses on increasing the rate at which all adult education students attain career and postsecondary success.  Along with state adult education directors, researchers, and advocates, CLASP is working with OVAE to ensure that any NRS reforms made are consistent with the goal of helping low-skilled adults gain the education necessary to move into a job with a family-sustaining wage or continue on to postsecondary education.

Officials are currently analyzing feedback from states and will likely revise some of the recommendations before making the proposed changes publically available for comment in the coming months.

See CLASP's recommendations on re-focusing Title II of the Workforce Investment Act on career and postsecondary success.

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