FAQ about Adult Learners:

1. How many learners entered adult education programs? How did enrollment change in  five years?  More recently?
    2. How did enrollment change by program type**
    3. What were the largest age groups?  Did more teenagers enter adult education programs in five years than before?
    4. How did the youngest enrollees differ by program type**?
    5. How did English language learner enrollment vary by age group?
  FAQ about Adult Education Staff: 
    6. What was the balance of full-time and part-time staff?
    7. How many staff members worked in adult education? What about volunteers?

FAQ about Adult Learner Outcomes:
    8. What was the most common goal for adult learners?   
    9. Did adult learners identify more goals across time?
   10. How did learner outcomes change over time?


** = program types are adult basic education (ABE), adult secondary education (ASE), or English language learners (ESL)

5-Year Trends in Adult Education: 

R-ALLYTM looked at national enrollment, staffing, and outcomes data for adult education programs. The data source was U.S. Department of Education National Reporting System data*. Data were from the fiver-year period of 2006-07 to 2010-11.

Enrollment data tell us about the types of learners who enter programs. Staffing data provide information on staff working in adult education programs. Also, adult learners entering a program may have goals beyond learning basic skills, such as getting or keeping a job. They may want to take a high school equivalency test or go to college. If they meet a goal, they have made an outcome. Data on outcomes may change across time.

To keep national data informative, we organized results as frequently-asked questions (FAQ). These FAQ offer a snapshot in time at a very broad level. Checking state-level trends, or reviewing local data, will provide even more specific answers. Contact us for assistance with data.

* = reported as of 2/21/2012

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