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State/National Data and Research
A thorough analysis of your state’s demographics related to educational, economic, and other appropriate issues is a good first step. A review of pertinent national research can also provide additional insight into trends, challenges, and needs. These sources give you information about the environment in which you are programming.
Basic Facts provides tables and maps for the United States, states, counties, cities, towns, and US Indian reservations on a variety of areas including education, employment, income, poverty, population, housing, race, ancestry, and language.
The Current Population Survey (CPS) is a monthly survey of about 50,000 households conducted by the Bureau of the Census for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It is the primary source of information on labor force characteristics of the U.S. population.
Profiles of the Adult Education Target Population: Information from the 2000 Census, April 2004:
The National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES) provides descriptive data on the educational activities of the U.S. population and offers researchers, educators, and policymakers a variety of statistics on the condition of education in the United States. The NHES surveys cover learning at all ages, from early childhood to school age to adulthood. The most recent data collection in 2003 consisted of two surveys: Adult Education for Work Related Reasons and Parent and Family Involvement in Education.
This report uses data from the 1991, 1995, and 1999 Adult Education Surveys of the National Household Education Surveys Program to examine participation rates in adult education over time. Participation is examined among different groups of adults (by age, sex, race/ethnicity, education level, labor force status, occupation group, and whether the adult has continuing education requirements), and for different types of adult education (adult basic education, English as a Second Language programs, credential programs, apprenticeship programs, work-related courses, and nonwork-related courses).
This study is sponsored primarily by the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), in collaboration with other federal agencies and organizations. It provides detailed information on children's health, early care, and early school experiences through two cohorts, the Kindergarten Cohort and the Birth Cohort.
This national assessment has conducted regularly administered assessments in a variety of subject areas to nationally representative samples of students since 1969. NAEP has two main assessment programs, the long-term trend and the main national assessment.
The NIFL Literacy Fact Sheets include facts and statistics pulled from more than 50 research studies. Facts are organized by the major topic areas in the field of literacy.
In 1992, nearly 13,600 individuals age 16 and older, randomly selected to represent the adult population in this country, were surveyed in their homes. In addition, about 1,000 randomly selected adults age 16 through 65 were surveyed in each of 12 states that chose to participate in a concurrent State Adult Literacy Survey designed to produce state-level results comparable to the national data.
The National Institute for Literacy presents here an extrapolation of NALS data for states, counties, Congressional districts, and cities with adult populations over 5,000. The data were prepared by researcher Stephen Reder of Portland State University, and made possible by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Vocational and Adult Education's Division of Adult Education and Literacy.
This locator website provides access to individual state information on Department of Labor services, programs, and statistics, including current labor force data, wage information, and unemployment rates.
The survey was a 22-country initiative conducted between 1994 and 1998. In every country, nationally representative samples of adults aged between 16-65 were interviewed and tested at home, using the same literacy test.
Migration Information Center
The National Center for ESL Literacy Education (NCLE), the only national information center focusing on the language and literacy education of adults and out-of-school youth learning English, works to support those providing such services. For over ten years, NCLE has provided information on adult ESL literacy education to teachers and tutors, program directors, researchers, and policymakers interested in the education of refugees, immigrants, and other U.S. residents whose native language is other than English. This population includes adults who are low-literate and low-skilled, as well as those who are more educated but need to improve their English language skills.
for for English Acquisition and Language Instruction Educational Programs
National Immigration Forum
Numbers and Needs
Office of Immigration Statistics Materials, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
Tomás Rivera Policy Center's
Latino Facts and Statistics
Urban Institute's Research Reports
This website provides a partial listing of research projects currently being undertaken or completed within the fields of adult learning and literacy. The list represents information gathered from a network of organizations who are affiliated or in contact with the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy or whose researchers have previously contributed to Focus on Basics. It is by no means comprehensive of all of the research being completed but will give you a place to start.
This web site provides links to research reports and publications for the 12 National Research and Development Centers of the Office of Educational Research and Improvement.
The NAEPDC has developed one-page research notes that summarize the findings and implications of a variety of national adult education research projects. The notes also include links to the full research reports.
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