- David Rosen tackles GED Testing Service's big transition.
- Integrating technology into instruction is given a fresh look.
- Helping people finish up the 2002 series GED test compiles regional approaches (I wrote it!).
- An extensive interview with GED Testing Service spokesperson, C.T. Turner
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However, a document that's completely relevant to every adult ed program in the US and beyond is Improving Adult Literacy by the National Academies Press (free PDF here). Consider these first two paragraphs from the summery.
A high level of literacy in both print and digital media is required for negotiating mostIf you're an adult educator, you can't be feeling good after reading that. What's the first thing that comes to mind as remedy for this lack of improvement among those receiving adult ed services? Can technology raise the bar for instruction? What role should distance education play in improving literacy levels? The document is over 500 pages long, so there's obviously some subtlety to this analysis and its recommendations.
aspects of 21st century life — supporting a family, education, health, civic participation, and competitiveness in the global economy. Yet a recent survey estimates that more than 90 million U.S adults lack adequate literacy. Furthermore, only 38 percent of U.S. twelfth graders are at or above proficient in reading.
Adults who need literacy instruction receive it in two main types of settings: adult
education programs, for which the largest source of federal funding is the Workforce Investment Act, Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), and developmental education courses in colleges for academically under-prepared students. Adults in adult education programs (an estimated 2.6 million in federally funded programs in 2005) show variable progress in their literacy skills, and their skill gains are insufficient to achieve functional literacy.
At the onset, the authors acknowledge that the definition of literacy is changing, with more skills, like digital literacy, falling into the domain of adult education. I think this presents opportunities, but it might also compound the problem of adult ed's seemingly insurmountable task. Contribute your two cents here anytime. I get the impression that the results of this study and the repercussions for the GED's transition will be relevant for a long time.