Research and Evaluation │ AERTAC
Adult Education Research and Technical Assistance Center
To improve the outcomes of adult learners, programs and educators need research they can trust and readily use to inform practice. AIR contributes to the research base about what works for adult learners by conducting rigorous and policy-relevant studies focused on teaching and learning. Our experts also conduct analyses of statewide and national data on adult competencies and participation in education and training. We use the results of our research to produce technical assistance and publications that can be readily translated into practice.
The 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) is a comprehensive measure that includes education and work histories, personal characteristics, and literacy skills data for 19,000 respondents. Findings from this study show that 30 million people in the United States lack the literacy skills needed to take full advantage of career opportunities.