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Program Information


Iowa’s Adult Education and Literacy programs continue to be one of the best performing in the country. This webpage houses information and forms for local program coordinators, teachers and volunteers.

Adult education and literacy has never been more valued in Iowa than it is now. The Iowa Department of Education recognizes Iowa families face multiple responsibilities as they address their children’s educational needs as well as their own. Iowa’s adult education and literacy programs build skills for success by providing adults with the opportunity to acquire and to improve functional skills necessary to enhance the quality of their lives as workers, family members and citizens. As a provider of AEL services, the Department has updated a Coordinator Handbook in the implementation of federal guidelines outlined in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014. The handbook will also hone knowledge and leadership skills and serve as a resource to keep current of adult education and literacy legislation, policies and practices.

Laws, Policies, and State Plan

Governing Adult Education and Literacy are federal laws and state policies. This section includes excerpts of those applicable laws and related policies that funded programs are expected to follow. In addition, a state plan is submitted annually to the USDE: Office of Vocational and Adult Education. This state plan outlines the goals and focus for Iowa’s Adult Education and Literacy programs.

Assessment Guidelines

AEFLA-funded adult basic education programs must assess students using standardized assessments to report educational gain measures for the National Reporting System (NRS). To ensure the validity and reliability of assessment data, the Iowa Department of Education is required to provide and implement an assessment policy and monitor local adult education providers' assessment practices and results.

The Iowa Assessment Policy is based on State Assessment Policy Guidance issued by the U.S. Dept. of Education's Division of Adult Education and Literacy, test publishers' guidelines and recommendations, and NRS Implementation Guidelines. AEFLA-funded programs are required to establish local implementation of the state assessment policy.

Grant Fiscal Guidance

Iowa receives its funding for adult education from the federal government. These funds are dedicated to providing the adult basic education and English literacy/civics education (EL/Civics) programs. The basic program, commonly referred to as the “Adult Education and Literacy program,” is the foundation of the services delivered by approved providers.

Monitoring Program Performance

The purpose of monitoring program performance is to promote program improvement in two ways. First, the team will review local adult education programs to ensure that federal and state requirements are being met and to assess how DE staff can provide the local program with technical assistance. Second, the team is interested in promoting program improvement through identification of potentially noteworthy practices.

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on June 22, 2021 at 8:48am.