This REL technical brief examines the use of Lexile-based assessment to determine the readiness of subgroups of 11th grade Texas students to read books used in first year college English courses. Differences in reading abilities were notable based on ethnicity, gender, SES, at-risk status, Limited English Proficiency status, education track (career and technical education vs. general education), and students receiving special education services.
The Center on Innovations in Learning introduces its framework to personal competencies by differentiating between three fundamental terms: mastery, competence, and competency. To achieve a competence, or a sufficient degree of mastery in any given area, four specific competencies must be leveraged. These four competencies are: social/emotional competency, motivational competency, metacognitive competency, and cognitive competency. The remainder of this brief describes the four competencies in detail and their critical connection to student achievement.
This report presents the main findings from the Survey of Adult Skills (PIACC). PIACC was developed by OECD to measure proficiency in several skills, such as literacy, numeracy, and problem solving.
This report explores the results from OECD's international Survey of Adult Skills and focuses primarily on performance in the United States. The Survey of Adult Skills is an international survey that measures the basic skills, such as numeracy and literacy, of adults and compares the results to social and economic outcomes. According to the survey results, more adults have low literacy and numeracy skills in the U.S. compared to adults in other countries. This report provides recommendations for how the U.S. can take action to improve the basic skills of adults.
While the term “dual enrollment” may conjure up the image of high school overachievers taking academically-oriented college courses, state policies and data make it clear that this image doesn’t reflect the reality of hundreds of thousands of students enrolled in career and technical education (CTE) coursework for dual credit.
Bridge programs aim to close the gap between the basic, initial skills individuals possess and the skills needed to enter and succeed in postsecondary education and careers. This guide provides an overview of the bridge program design in Illinois and serves as a resource for those who want to develop or strengthen an existing bridge program. The guidebook also includes strategies, tips, examples, worksheets, and additional resources to assist with the implementation process.
This manual provides guidance to adult basic education providers who want to integrate their programming and services into career pathways. This manual also offers an overview of career pathways, describes implementation efforts at four Adult Basic Education Career Connections sites to create partnerships and connect basic skills training with career pathways, and presents challenges and solutions associated with integrating adult basic education into career pathways.
This tool was developed to assist in the planning and documentation of activities and milestones in work-based learning projects. This tool can be used as a project management tool for those aiming to educate employers through a work-based learning project. This tool guides the user through several steps of the implementation process: questions to consider with the planning team, creating brief descriptions of present and desired capacities, determining action steps, and stating desired outcomes.