Public Policy

Public Policy

Adult Education Policy and Facts

National Skills Coalition: Federal adult education policy fact sheets and other resources 

COABE: Fact sheets and Issue statement; the Educate and Elevate campaign

National Coalition for Literacy: Fact Sheets: Investing in Adult Education PAYS!

National Center for Education Statistics: Adult Learning Fast Facts

Longitudinal Study Reports: The Impact of ABS Program Participation on Long-Term Literacy Growth, Economic Outcomes, and Voting

World Education: Adult Ed Facts

CLASP: Beyond Basic Skills

Immigration Policy Institute: WIOA Requirements Ignore Opportunities to Support Equitable Access for Immigrants, an analysis of federal regulations, and Immigrants and WIOA Services, a comparison of the sociodemographic characteristics of native- and foreign-born adults in the U.S.

National Data Broken Down by State

National Adult Education PD Consortium (NAEPDC): The NAEPDC updates a legislator resource every year – The Blue Book of state adult education program profiles. Their document, “Adult Education: Supporting the President’s Workforce and American Graduation Initiatives” describes national efforts to align adult education and workforce services and profiles that system alignment by state.

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

CareerOneStop (DOL): Labor Market Information (by state)

National Center for Education Statistics: State education data profiles

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 and the policy review, State policies impacting CTE: The Year in Review

Migration Policy Institute: State Immigration Data Profiles and Unauthorized Immigrant Population Profiles

National Skills Coalition: 50 State Scan of Skills Equity Policies (summary)

  • 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 education 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.

The Change Agent Magazine

The Change Agent provides socially relevant content, powerful student writing that inspires discussion, and ready-to-use, CCR-aligned lesson plans – all oriented toward a multi-level audience.