Congress has declared the week of September 13th-19th to be Adult Education and Family Literacy Week! As we celebrate this week, we are reminded of the “more than 93 million American adults [that] have basic or below basic literacy skills that limit their ability to advance at work and in education, help their children with school work, interact with their health care professionals and participate in their communities.”
There are several adult education and literacy programs in place that seek to help adult students raise their literacy, math and writing skills, and prepare for the GED. As the Moultrie Observer reports,
Family literacy programs serve parents and their young children, teaching basic skills, English as a Second Language, and parenting skills to the adults while the children are provided high quality preschool programming. These programs are focused on breaking the cycles of low literacy, low education and poverty.
Several of these programs correlate to the TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education). The TABE is the most widely accepted assessment of adult education in the United States and evaluates reading, math and language skills. TABE measures allow adult learners to be placed in appropriate training programs and track their progress and growth.
TABE reading scores are now available as Lexile measures. As explained on our Lexile.com website,
By converting TABE Reading scores into Lexile measures, [teachers and their] students will have a better indicator of their ability to comprehend and retain information, which can lead to increased literacy skills. Lexile measures also will enable your students to compare their reading ability to the text demand of particular occupational materials and classroom texts.
Lexile measures allow you to deliver an innovative, research-based approach to academic training. Because reading demands are determined for the industry and instructional materials in a variety of occupational training areas, students can better understand and work toward meeting these requirements. Career preparation staff and teachers also are better able to contribute to each student’s success because instructional and support staff can align the student’s abilities with career aspirations.
As we celebrate the value of literacy in our nation this week, let us not forget the many who continue to struggle daily with literacy issues and that as we strive to become a better educated, more literate nation, that their struggle is really our own.