Thursday Notes -- August 20, 2009
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House Committee Considers President's Postsecondary Proposal

The House Education and Labor Committee sent forward new legislation (HR 3221) on July 21authorizing President Obama’s American Graduation Initiative. The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009 (SAFRA) authorizes options of special interest to adult educators. The first is creating workforce programs that provide a sequence of education and occupational training that leads to industry-recognized credentials, including programs that:

    (A) blend basic skills and occupational training
    (B) integrate developmental education curricula and instruction with for-credit coursework toward degree or certificate pathways, or
    (C) advance individuals on a career path toward high-wage occupations in high-demand industries.

A second option authorizes funds to build or enhance linkages (such as development of dual enrollment programs and early-college high schools) between secondary or adult education programs and eligible entities described in the legislation. The bill also authorizes the Department to award competitive grants to develop, evaluate and disseminate freely available high-quality online training, high school and postsecondary courses.

NAAL Technical Data Now Available Online

The Department's National Center for Education Statistics recently released the Technical Report and Data File User's Manual for 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL). Key sections of the report include information on the design and implementation of NAAL as well as technical information on the development of NAAL innovative additions—Fluency Addition to NAAL (FAN) and Adult Literacy Supplement Assessment (ALSA), types and dimensions of the health literacy cognitive items, data collection and analysis in U.S. correctional institutions, and how to use statistical programs to analyze the NAAL data.

Ohio's Denise Pottmeyer To Retire September 1

Ohio's state director Denise Pottmeyer, a veteran of 33 years in adult education, recently announced that she will retire from the Ohio Board of Regents on September 1. Her announcement commended the field for work that “provides the foundation for any improvements we hope to achieve locally, as a state and nationally.”

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