The Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) Program, authorized under Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), is the main source of federal support for adult basic and literacy education programs for adults who lack basic skills, a high school diploma, or proficiency in English. In program year 2015-16 alone, over 1.5 million adults were served through the federally-supported adult education system.
The National Assessment of Adult Education, funded through the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), will collect descriptive data for the first time in over a decade on how local adult education programs are providing AEFLA services. The study will include an analysis of state-level administrative data on adult education, a comprehensive literature review, and a survey of the approximately 2,200 federally-funded adult education programs. The results will be invaluable in helping to inform and guide future evaluations studies conducted under WIOA.