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Thursday Notes for February 21, 2002

A Factsheet from the Division of Adult Education and Literacy
Office of Vocational and Adult Education

Edited by Sarah Newcomb


Prospects Bleak for Adults Lacking College Adults lacking postsecondary learning will be short of job opportunities through 2008, says Educational Testing Service senior scholar Anthony Carnevale. Job seekers with educations below that of a typical dropout will qualify for just 9% of the new jobs created between 1998 and 2008. Others with education levels below an average high school graduate's will be prepared for only 21% of the new jobs created in that period. Job seekers with some postsecondary education will qualify for 36% of the new jobs. Folks with a bachelor's degree will be ready for 33% of new jobs through 2008. Salaries also track education, Carnevale notes. Dropouts in 1998 earned an average of $20,300 while earners with some college brought home $31,600 that year. See attached PowerPoint chart.
States Confer on Trends, Targets More than 100 State Directors of adult education and state staff met with OVAE officials here February 12-15. They took a broad-brush look at trends in adult education, including the role of adult education in preparing workers for the 21st century economy. State Directors reviewed state and national data to prepare to negotiate performance targets for adult education to cover the next two years. New targets should be ready and submitted to OVAE as a state plan revision by April 1. State Directors offered a range of ideas for OVAE to consider to fine tune the National Reporting System.
Governors Urged to Meet Challenges of Online Assessment Governors can meet the challenges of technology-based assessments by using a nine-step approach, says a new policy brief from the National Governors' Association. Steps include developing a multiyear plan, involving creative thinkers, and going beyond delivery of conventional tests by computers. The brief also reports on four states' large-scale initiatives for web-based assessment in K-12 classes. These include South Dakota, Oregon, Virginia, and Georgia. Of those, South Dakota appears farthest along. It expects to deliver the state's Assessment of Content Standards this spring only on the web. Two states, Utah and North Carolina, are pursuing more limited computerized testing. See the NGA Center on Best Practices for more information.


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