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Federal Web Sites
U.S. Department of EducationThe U.S. Department of Education’s web site provides information on Department programs, initiatives, research, and statistics. The searchable subjects on this page are: Education, Federal Government, Directories, Legislation, Grants, and Government Publications.
Office of Vocational and Adult Education
The Office of Vocational and Adult Education at the US Department of Education has a new web page where you can read about funded projects and even view photos of some of the staff.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentThe U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s web site offers information about HUD programs and information including: Housing, Human services, Urban renewal, and the Federal government. The site contains research findings on violence and resources for technical assistance and training.
Library of Congress The Library of Congress has an internet site which offers a plethora of information including: bibliographic databases, legislation, Federal government, library services, library materials, library materials (Braille), library materials (audio).
ThomasThomas: Legislative Information on the Internet site is a great resources for finding full-texts of both House and Senate legislation as well as the Congressional record. This site also offers links to the House and Senate , C-SPAN, and the Library of Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives The House and the Senate also have web sites which contain membership and committee directories, committee information, information on Congress, and specific information on many of the members.
Employment and Training Administration The Employment and Training Administration (ETA)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's web site offers access to available Health and Human Services data on the Internet. This site also offers access to the Public Health Service, the National Institute of Health, and the Social Security Administration.

Associated Web Sites
The American Council on Education (ACE) maintains an online log of state policies and procedures that support adult learners’ access and success. The state-by-state review summarizes recent legislation and policy developments that may have an impact on adult education. Just log on to check out policies in your state or region.
American Association for Adult and Continuing Education State Directors of Adult Education work closely with both the Consortium and the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education.  Visit the AAACE site for information about conferences and other items of interest.
LINCS The National Institute for Literacy  The National Institute for Literacy has many forums and listservs that adult educators can utilize.

LINCS serves as the Institute's comprehensive electronic communication and information system.   NIFL funds four state-based Regional LINCS to ensure that literacy groups in every US state and territory have the technological capacity to produce and share electronic information about literacy.

Eastern LINCS (Massachusetts) in addition to hosting the New England Resource Center (in partnership with the National Center on Adult Literacy) also provides the best available Internet resources on health and literacy and civic participation.  For more information, contact Jeff Carter, Director at 617-482-9485.

Midwestern LINCS (Ohio) hosts the Oho Literacy Resource Center (OLRC) and specialized in resources related to family literacy and numeracy, as well as technology training.  For more information, contact Janie Johnson, Director at 330-672-2007.

Southern LINCS (Tennessee) hosts the University of Tennessee's Center for Literacy and contributes specialized collections on workforce education and correctional education.  For more information, contact Mary Ziegler, Director at 423-974-4109.

Western LINCS (California) hosts the California State Literacy Resource Center and the Outreach Technical Assistance Network (OTAN) and has resources for English as a Second Language and science.   Contact Paul Heavenridge, Director at 510-834-0735 for more information.

ERIC The ERIC system has turned 30 but remains a very trustworthy source of information about education! For up to the minute information about searching the ERIC database via the Internet, send an e-mail message to (subject line and/or test are optional). You will receive the most current “Internet Access Points to ERIC” via e-mail.
Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System The Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) is a non-profit organization that provides competency-based curriculum management, assessment and evaluation systems to education and training programs.
General Educational Development (GED) Testing Service
The GED Testing services site provides current information about GED tests and administration.   For contact information for state GED programs, visit GED Contacts.

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National Reporting SystemNational Reporting System
  Adult Basic Education, as with so many other educational programs, often has difficulty in truly reflecting the magnitude of outcomes for program participants. In recognition of this need, the US Department of Education, Division of Adult Education and Literacy (DAEL) is working with the State Directors of Adult Education to develop and implement a national reporting system. The project is being conducted by Pelavin Research Center in Washington, D. C.
PBS Online The Public Broadcasting Service has a web site which offers information about PBS, National Programming, Learning Services (includes PBS Adult Learning Service, PBS K-12 Learning Services, PBS Learning Link, PBS MATHLINE, PBS Online, PTY-The Ready to Learn Service of PBS, and PBS Video), Search PBS, PB Store, and Local stations. Large subjects that can be searched on this site are Adult Education, Mathematics Education, and Mass media.
National Center for Research in Vocational Education The National Center for Research in Vocational Education (NCRVE)
Kentucky Network
The Kentucky Network (KET) links to many adult education and literacy sites on its links page.
National Center on Adult Literacy The National Center on Adult Literacy (University of Pennsylvania, USA) has an extensive site featuring the Center's research and practice reports as well as the newsletter, NCAL Connections, all downloadable in several convenient formats. Also presented are the electronic and video products on adult literacy produced by the Center. Links are provided to other Internet adult literacy resources in the United States.
National Center for the Study of Writing and Literacy
The National Center for the Study of Writing and Literacy has posted a Web site that offers information about NCSWL’s research projects, workshops, publications and resources, and finally their researchers and staff. This research center is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and is located at the Graduate School of Education of the University of California at Berkeley.
SABES SABES, the System for Adult Basic Education Support is a comprehensive training and technical assistance initiative for educators and programs. SABES services are delivered through five Regional Support Centers located at Community Colleges across Massachusetts. The SABES web site is designed to provide adult literacy practitioners with genuinely useful information. The site also offers a list which connects you to several other literacy-related Web sites.

OTAN The Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN)
International Literacy Institute The  International Literacy Institute (located at the University of Pennsylvania, USA) site provides a calendar of literacy events, a listing of projects and publications, electronic copies of Literacy Innovations, links to useful international literacy and education sites, and abstracts of papers from the 1996 World Conference on Literacy.
UNESCO;s Education Information Service UNESCO's Education Information Service provides important data on the organization's education projects and publications. Links to other education servers on the Internet are featured as well as links to UNESCO's Partners in Education. The site is extensive and updated frequently.





LINCS Assessment Special Collection

NIFL Assessment Strategies and Reading Profiles

NRS Assessment Database 

Revised Assessment Policy, effective October 1, 2006 

TABE resources

TABE-COMPASS Crosswalk (122K PDF)


Corrections Education

Corrections Population Profile

Focus on Basics

LINCS Corrections Special Collection


Curriculum & Teaching

Adult Numeracy Network

Annenberg Channel

Ask Dr. Math

Equipped for the Future

Federal Resource for Education Excellence

Focus on Basics

GED Most Missed Questions

Grammar and Writing

Health Literacy

Kentucky Virtual Library

The Key, a newsletter for adults with limited reading skills


LINCS Science and Numeracy Special Collection

Math and Science

Math Instruction

Math Online

Math Resources

National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy

Reading (OVAE)

Reading Instruction

Reading Resources

Writing Instruction


English as a Second Language


Teachers for Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Center for Adult English Language Acquisition

English for All

English Literacy-Civics


ESL Research

Focus on Basics

Life Skills

Promoting Success of Multilevel ESL Classes (194K PDF)


Family Literacy

Best Kids Book Site

Family Literacy

Library of Congress Lifelong Literacy

LINCS Family Literacy Special Collection

National Center for Family Literacy


Health Literacy

LINCS Health & Literacy

Focus on Basics 

Health Literacy Curriculum 

Literacy and Health Outcomes


Learning Disabilities

Literacy and Learning Disabilities

Learning Disabilities and Work Issues

People with Disabilities



Adult Education Facts (OVAE)

Adult Ed Online

Adult Literacy Education

America's Career InfoNet

America’s Literacy Directory

LINCS Program Leadership and Improvement Special Collection

National Institute for Literacy Fact Sheets

National Reporting System (NRS)

Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Dept. of Education

White House Conference on Global Literacy


Professional Development

Focus on Basics

Study Circles


Technology & Distance Learning

Distance Learning

Focus on Basics

LINCS Technology Training Special Collection

Low-Literacy Web Users

Minimum Technology Standards


Transition to Postsecondary

College Success Starts Here

Focus on Basics

National College Transitions Network

Transitions (OVAE)


Workforce Education

Focus on Basicss

Workforce Education ((LINCS) 

Workforce Education ((OVAE)



International Resources


The UK

 ·        Sharing Practices

o       Adult

o       14-19

o       Family

o       Schools

·Our Activities

o       Our goal is to help raise standards in basic skills. We aim to do this through discrete activities, working with partners where appropriate. Our current activities are:

·        Better Teaching Partnership

o       The Better Teaching Partnership is designed to provide advice and support to help improve the quality of adult basic skills provision.

·        Financial Literacy

o       This project works to improve financial literacy across all sectors.

·        Quality Mark

o       The Quality Mark is about recognizing minimum standards in teaching literacy and numeracy. It provides a framework whereby schools can work to raise the standards of basic skills. The Quality Mark is a nationally recognized symbol of good practice in the teaching of basic skills.

·        Army

o       The Army's basic skills initiative is being developed by the Army in partnership with the Basic Skills Agency.

·        Young Parents

o       This project looks to raise expectations of young parents, to improve their basic skills and allow them to progress successfully in education and the world of work.

·        Learning with Grandparents

o       'Learning with Grandparents' shows schools how they can work with grandparents to help young children (aged 5-11) learn the basic skills of literacy, language and numeracy in an informal, fun way.

·        Many Right Answers

o       Learning in mathematics through speaking and listening.

 Basic Skills Employers Pledge:

 Basic Skills Employers Pledge:  a Welsh national campaign for employers to pledge to “help employees with poor basic skills to improve those skills.”

 The Quality Mark:

Multi-Level Certificates:

City & Guilds offers a range of qualifications contributing to the Government's Skills for Life strategy in England, including qualifications for both learners and practitioners.

The learner qualifications are each assessed against the relevant national standards with content informed by the core curriculum. They enable candidates to get the literacy, numeracy, language and ICT skills they need for life and work. The qualifications range from Entry 1 to Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework

Distance Learning

Northern Ireland

·        EGSA - the Educational Guidance Service for Adults - is a local, independent, not-for-profit, frontline service that aims to connect adults with learning.

EGSA has a network of local offices based across Northern Ireland through which it provides services to adult learners, learning advisers, providers, employers and anyone interested in improving access to learning for adults.


 ·        First Nations—resources for native American services


·        Resources




 The Adult Literacy Research Network

·        Integrating literacy and numeracy into training packages


 (SAALT) Supporting Adult and Applied Learning and Teaching

Adult Numeracy Down Under



o       Numeracy

o       Literacy

o       Youth

 New Zealand

 The New Zealand Literacy Portal


o       topics by content and by country—click on any topic.

Workbase—National Center for Workplace Literacy and Language



 India Literacy Project

 Adult Education:  Focusing on supporting women, adult education programs combine imparting literacy with livelihood skills. These programs provide linkages to welfare schemes , marketing and business development resources as appropriate. Strengthening of Self Help Groups and Community Based Organizations, awareness on Right to Information and National Rural Employment Guarantee schemes are some of the activities supported.



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