Research Allies for Lifelong Learning

Outcomes were compared to goals in percentages so that the number of outcomes would be proportionate to the number of adults who actually had the goal, rather than to all enrollees. By 2011-12, outcomes percentages ranged between 40 and 70% nationally and between 20 and 35% in Florida. Florida adult learner outcomes differed markedly from national outcomes, with the exception of steadily decreasing percents of learners entering employment across time . 

Florida experienced strong shifts in GED/secondary credential outcomes across time. These shifts appear to mirror job retention. That is, as more adult learners kept their jobs, fewer met GED/secondary outcomes, and as more gained GED or high school credentials, fewer adult learners kept jobs. One explanation is that some adult learners who focused on credentials may have not had jobs to keep and were working toward a credential to qualify for a job. Alternatively, adult learners focusing on the goal of keeping a job may have had very low skills or, if already a high school graduate or immigrant with a college degree, not needed a credential.

Finally, the percent of adult learners entering postsecondary education in Florida dropped from more than 48% to 13% between 2009 and 2010 and increased slightly to 20% by 2011-12. This sharp decrease may be related to increases in tuition or changes in college financial aid policies that occurred in 2010.