Public Policy


Adult Education Policy and Facts

National Skills Coalition
The National Skills Coalition advocates for inclusive, high-quality skills training to improve lives and support local businesses, transforming state and federal skills policies since 2000.

Coalition On Adult Basic Education’s Educate and Elevate campaign
Over 79,000 adult education leaders are united in a national campaign to improve learning opportunities for all Americans, contributing to social mobility and economic growth. Campaign components include surveys, outreach toolkits, webinars, a website, videos, and a community of practice.

National Center for Education Statistics Adult Learning Fast Facts
In 2016, data showed that 6 percent of noninstitutionalized 16- to 65-year-olds in the US had nondegree work credentials, 18 percent had a license, and 21% had completed a work experience program.

Migration Policy Institute
The Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank, aims to enhance immigration and integration policies through research, analysis, and dialogue. Established in 2001, it focuses on North America and Europe, but also globally.

Capital building

National Data Broken Down by State

National Association of State Directors of Adult Education (NASDAE)
The NASDAE Legislators Resource Book presents charts and graphs illustrating demographics and impact for your nation and state, sourced from the National Registry of Survey Participants.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (DOL)
New England data (by state)

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
The DataFinder is a search tool developed to provide state-specific data on programs that affect low-income people and families.

The Association for Career and Technical Education
State fact sheets
State Policies Impacting CTE: The Year in Review

Migration Policy Institute
State Immigration Data Profiles
Unauthorized Immigrant Population Profiles

National Skills Coalition

  • For more detail, see reports on various policies (by state)
  • Publications (by state) are linked from the bottom of this page
  • Middle-skill job fact sheets (by state)

New England Information

New England Board of Higher Education

The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) promotes greater educational opportunities and services for the residents of New England by promoting regional cooperation and assisting leaders in the assessment, development, and implementation of sound educational practices and policies of regional significance. Find regional information on the Research and Policy page, especially their briefs and fast facts reports.

New England Secondary School Consortium

The New England Secondary School Consortium is a regional partnership that promotes innovation in the design and delivery of secondary education across New England. The partner states work together to close persistent achievement gaps and promote greater educational equity and opportunity for all students. They focus on increasing college readiness, post-secondary enrollment, and retention and graduation rates. See their Common Data Project for regional and state-based information.

Support for Civic Action

The Change Agent – Examples of Grassroots Action
From The Change Agent, examples of adult students making their voices heard in support of adult education.

COABE’s Educate and Elevate campaign and Legislative Center
These resources help programs showcase their successes, draw media coverage, and build support from the public and legislators.

MIT Living Wage Calculator (by state and locality)
Based on an area’s cost of living, find the living wage required to support individuals and families.

The Frameworks Institute, Framing Public Issues
This guide helps readers apply effective communication strategies and frame their work for better public understanding.

The Right Question Institute: Better Questions, Better Decisions Voter Engagement Workshop
This workshop applies the Right Question process to the task of becoming informed voters.