Adult education and literacy have never been more valued in Iowa than it is now. The Iowa Department of Education (Department) acknowledges that 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.
Adult Education and Literacy Coordinator Handbook (10-5-20) Provides information regarding adult education and literacy legislation, policies and practices, including the implementation of federal guidelines outlined in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 for program providers.
Federal and state laws govern Adult Education and Literacy programs. This section includes links to applicable laws and standards funded programs are expected to follow and Iowa's Unified State Plan under WIOA.
Programs funded by the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) must assess students using standardized assessments to report educational gain measures for the National Reporting System (NRS). This section includes Iowa's assessment policy and technical assistance materials.
Iowa receives its funding for adult education from the federal government. Funds are dedicated to providing the adult basic education and English literacy/civics education programs. The basic program, commonly referred to as the “Adult Education and Literacy program,” is the foundation of the services delivered by approved providers.
The purpose of monitoring program performance is to promote program improvement in two ways. First, the team reviews local adult education programs to ensure that federal and state requirements are being met and to assess how Department staff can provide the local program with technical assistance. Second, the team is interested in promoting program improvement through identification of potentially noteworthy practices.