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American Competitiveness

Only two percent of the annual workforce comes from public schools. In order to keep our nation competitive, we must focus on educating today’s workforce. Show legislators how adult education and literacy helps our nation keep its competitive edge.

NEW:

Adult Education: Supporting the President’s Workforce and American Graduation Initiatives, Volume II

Workforce Investment Act: Recommendations on Performance Accountability in the Workforce Education and Training System

Shifting Gears

Research and Reports

Adult Education: Supporting the President’s Workforce and American Graduation Initiatives, Volume II
The National Council of State Directors of Adult Education (NCSDAE) provides materials from 43 states that focus on the ongoing connections between adult education programs and workforce development. 117 pgs.

Workforce Investment Act: Recommendations on Performance Accountability in the Workforce Education and Training System
The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) urges the administration and Congress to reform the National Reporting System. In this report, CLASP discusses how the NRS is not an effective tool for incenting and documenting continuous improvement. The incompatible performance accountability systems in Title I and Title II are also significant barriers to helping struggling learners achieve their career and postsecondary goals. CLASP calls for immediate changes in both Title I and Title II performance accountability, whether or not WIA is reauthorized this year.

Shifting Gears
Shifting Gears is a Joyce Foundation initiative to help five Midwest states transform their adult education, workforce development and postsecondary education initiatives. This website contains reports on what’s new as well as a way to sign up for e-newsletter updates.

Adult Education and Workforce Skills Performance Report
The Adult Education and Workforce Skills Performance Report from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce gauges the ability of education providers to address the long-term workforce needs in Indiana. It focuses largely on education and training at levels below the baccalaureate—and the large number of adults who are left behind and under-prepared for work in this economic environment.

America’s Perfect Storm
A report from ETS's Policy Information Center, America's Perfect Storm: Three Forces Changing Our Nation's Future, looks at the convergence of three powerful socioeconomic forces that are changing our nation's future:

  • substantial disparities in skill levels (reading and math)
  • seismic economic changes (widening wage gaps)
  • sweeping demographic shifts (less education, lower skills)

Reach Higher America: Overcoming Crisis in the U.S. Workforce
Reach Higher, AMERICA: Overcoming Crisis in the U.S. Workforce, calls to revamp the Adult Education and Literacy System. The report calls for the system to effectively serve 20 million adults annually by 2020. It also calls for policymakers to reset the system’s mission to prepare adults for postsecondary education and job training. It recommends how to accomplish this. This resource is useful for advocates who believe that our country must invest in adult education and literacy in order to keep America competitive. The National Commission on Adult Literacy issued this report.

 
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