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Big Picture: Foundations & Connections

This section provides a connection among the Workforce Investment Opportunities Act (WIOA), The College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education: English Language Arts (ELA), and the GED® Test. It also provides the latest research in adult education reading and writing instruction.

Overview and Connections

This section provides an overview of the connections among the Workforce Investment Opportunities Act (WIOA). The College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education: English Language Arts (ELA), and the GED® Test.

The following documents provide an overview of the connection among the components of the CCRS for Adult Education, the GED, and the KYAE Employability Standards and how they support the Workforce Investment and Opportunities Act (WIOA).

Foundations and Research

This section provides the latest research in adult education reading and writing instruction.

  • Improving Adult Literacy: Developing Reading and Writing -- This booklet, which is based on the report (Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Options for Practice and Research report from May of 2012), presents an overview of what is known about how literacy develops, the component skills of reading and writing, and the practices that are effective for developing them. It also describes principles of reading and writing instruction that can guide those who design and administer programs or courses to improve adult literacy skills. Although this is not intended as a "how to" manual for instructors, teachers may also find the information in this booklet helpful as they consider how to plan instruction. See a full report on adult literacy instruction here: Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Options for Practice and Research report from May of 2012.
  • Teaching Adults to Read -- The information in this booklet summarizes the emerging principles and trends in adult reading instruction identified in a report of the Reading Research Working Group: Research-Based Principles for Adult Basic Education Reading Instruction. Teaching Adult to Read (Kruidienier, 2005).
  • Applying Research in Reading for Adults: First Steps for Teachers -- This resource provides strategies based on the research identified in Teaching Adults to Read.