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At a crossroads: basic skills education in California

Publisher: California Budget Project

Published At: Sacramento, CA

Date Published: April 2010

Distributor: California Budget Project

Source Address: 1107 9th Street, Suite 310

Source City/State/Zip: Sacramento CA 95814

Phone: 916-444-0500

Material Type: Information Analysis

Intended Audience: Policy Maker

Physical Media: Print

Physical Description: 14 p.

Subjects: Adult Basic Education; Basic Skills

This updated policy brief defines basic skills education and the need for it in California. The organizational and financial structure of basic skills education for adults in California is described as are the different students served. The analysis concludes that the basic skills system is both large and necessary, that it is weak in transitioning students from basic skills education to postsecondary education or skills training, that decreasing funding is a serious issue, and that although there is inadequate data on educational attainment for individuals, the data available suggests that many students do not achieve their goals.

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