Despite the important role that adult education can play in students’ lives, research on teachers of adult education is limited. In the last few years, the availability of administrative data in some states that track individual student achievement over time and link students to their teachers has brought new possibilities to the ways adult education programs and personnel can be evaluated. To provide descriptive information about the characteristics of teachers in adult education and to explore whether teacher characteristics are associated with student achievement in adult education, the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education contracted with AIR to produce four research briefs.
The first three statistical briefs—Teachers of Adult Education and the Students They Serve: A Snapshot From Three States, The Importance of Teacher Background Qualifications for Student Learning, and The Relationship Between Teacher Characteristics and Students’ Transitions Into Postsecondary Education—include a description of the characteristics of adult education teachers and examine teacher effectiveness, student achievement, and transitioning into postsecondary education. The fourth brief, Lessons Learned: Working with Administrative Data in Adult Education, focuses on communicating common issues with administrative data from adult education programs and provides recommendations from a research and evaluation perspective.