OCTAE supports national research, evaluation, demonstration, technical assistance and capacity building activities. Each year, OCTAE carefully plans the range of national activities in accordance with the Secretary's policies.
Overview of OCTAE Priorities
Outlines the basic Administration principles under which OCTAE conducts its National Programs and Activities.
Accelerating Student Success Through Credit-Based Options
Reviews programs where secondary students gain postsecondary credit while still in high school (e.g., Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Dual-Credit, Tech-Prep, and Early College High Schools).
Adolescent Literacy Research
Will identify strategies for developing reading and writing abilities in adolescents, as well as strategies for remediating reading and writing difficulties in this age group.
Bridging the Divide: Blending Secondary and Postsecondary Curricula into a Coherent Course of Study
Comprehensive credit-based transition programs blend secondary and postsecondary coursework and provide students with a variety of support components, including the opportunity to take college-level courses while still in high school.
Closing the Achievement Gap
The goal of this project was first to identify schools and then to learn how schools addressed gaps in educational performance for minority students.
Community Technology Centers
Creates or expands neighborhood community technology centers and provides supplemental instruction in reading, language arts, and mathematics for low-achieving students in high-poverty, low-performing high schools.
Literacy Interventions in Freshman Academies
The evaluation study will be based on a small-scale, randomized controlled trial of two supplemental reading interventions for struggling ninth grade readers participating in freshman academies.
National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education
Works with OCTAE to disseminate research-based practices, provide professional development opportunities in CTE, and help students achieve the academic and technical skills needed to succeed.
National Research Center for Career and Technical Education
Conducts research, development and evaluation activities to improve secondary and postsecondary career and technical education in the United States.
Performance Measurement Initiative
Will design and test assessment and accountability measures for secondary and postsecondary education to evaluate student outcomes more effectively and pinpoint system strengths and weaknesses.
School Dropout Prevention Program
Implements research-based, sustainable, and coordinated school dropout prevention and re-entry programs for students in grades 6-12.
Smaller Learning Communities
Aims to increase academic achievement by transforming large high schools into smaller, more personalized learning environments.
Supports partnerships between the business community and public schools that encourage high school students to choose a rigorous academic curriculum.
Tech Prep Demonstration Program
Funds programs where high school students can get a technical credential at graduation, and an Associate's Degree after an additional two years of academic work.
High Skills for High-Growth Careers
Studies the partnerships between higher education, business, trade organizations, and industry to train students or high skill, high growth occupations that do not require a four-year degree.
Community College Labor Market Responsiveness
Supports a project to determine how community colleges can become more responsive to the market and improve the quality of their programs.
College and Career Transitions Initiative Supports a project to develop curriculum models in at least four broad, high-growth occupational areas such as information technology, health care, engineering and teacher education.
Adult Education to Community College Transitions Project
Identifies programs, practices, and policies that successfully facilitate transitions from adult basic education to community college certificate and degree programs.
Adult Education Content Standards Warehouse
Collects and disseminates information on adult education content standards and assessments (state and national), and helps states use this information to develop their own standards.
Adult Literacy Studies
Funds three surveys: (1) U.S. v. international literacy rates; (2) adult education v. general population literacy skills; and (3) changes in literacy skills since 1994.
Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA)
There is a need to establish an infrastructure to serve adult English language learners in 22 states. The Center for Adult English Language Acquisition will help states establish this infrastructure.
Community Partnerships for Adult Learning
Strengthens ties among businesses; colleges; faith-based, community-based, and social service organizations; and workforce development agencies to improve the accessibility, diversity and quality of adult education.
Effective Practices in Reading
Uses rigorous methodology to test various approaches for increasing reading comprehension in adult education and family literacy programs.
Leadership for Program Effectiveness
Aims to improve the quality of state adult education systems through research-based, proven practices. Will include technical assistance and training for adult education staff.
National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL)
Provides reports on adult English literacy. NAAL will compare 2002 and 1992 literacy levels to see if the nation has met its adult literacy goals.
National Reporting System for Adult Education (NRS)
Identifies and defines reporting measures, establishes data collection methods, develops software standards for reporting, and publishes guidance on NRS requirements and procedures.
National Technology Laboratory for the Improvement of Adult Education (TECH21)
Brings together technology, teachers and adult learners to help adults reach their education and life goals.
Project IDEAL: Improving Distance Education for Adult Learners
Enables states to participate in experiments using technology-enabled or web-enhanced distance education to deliver instruction to adult learners who chose not to attend classroom-based programs.
Research to Practice
Supports the Department's focus on "what works," by identifying noteworthy and promising practices to improve adult education programs.
Strategic Planning and Service Provision Demonstration Program
Aims to identify, document and disseminate state approaches to strategic planning, effective leveraging of funds, and coordination of programs.
Seeks to identify strategies and practices in developmental mathematics instruction designed by community colleges, the military, business, and organized labor.