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Information, reports, news bulletins, useful resources for program development and implementation, and links to additional resources.


Links to new strategies, demonstration projects, and promising and emerging practices.

AB 86 Adult Education Consortium Program External link opens in new window or tab.
The AB 86 Adult Education Regional Consortium Program is the result of a partnership between the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) and the CDE to provide planning and implementation grants to regional consortia of community college districts and school districts for the purpose of developing regional plans to better serve the educational needs of adults.

California Adult Education Honor Roll
The California Department of Education (CDE) sponsors several programs that honor and recognize adult education programs and adult learners. The links provided lead to descriptions of successful adult learners and commendable adult education programs and practices in California.

California Adult Learner Persistence Project
Because mandatory attendance requirements do not apply to adults, the ability of students to voluntarily remain in education programs, or "persist," is a key factor in adult learner achievement. By focusing on learner persistence, adult education and literacy providers can better assist learners in meeting their educational goals.

Professional Development

Resources to help California adult education teachers and administrators improve knowledge and skills through professional learning activities.

Professional Development Resources
Quality professional development and learning experiences designed to foster individual growth and continuous improvement for California adult education literacy providers.

Leadership Projects

These leadership projects are contractors working with the CDE Adult Education Office to provide assistance to educators and learners.

California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project (CALPRO) External link opens in new window or tab.
Fosters continuous program improvement through a comprehensive, statewide approach to high quality professional development for the full range of adult education and literacy providers.

Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) External link opens in new window or tab.
Provides essential tools and resources for assessment, instruction, and evaluation.

Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN) External link opens in new window or tab.
Designed to provide support for technology, electronic collaboration, and distance learning for adult education in California.

Management Bulletins

Management bulletins are periodically issued to provide legal and regulatory information to adult education and literacy providers, contractors, and other interested parties.

Bulletin 05-01: Implementation of Assembly Bill 23
This chaptered bill resolves the long-standing disputed claims for adult education average daily attendance (a.d.a.) from 1990-91 and 1991-92, allows for the redistribution of prior year adult education funds if an excess exists, and adjusts unused authorized limits of a.d.a. units, commonly referred to as "a.d.a. cap."

Bulletin 05-02: Teaching the Spanish General Education Development (GED)
Information for school districts receiving adult education state apportionment about the legal requirements of offering GED preparation classes in the Spanish language.

Bulletin 06-03: Retention of Records
Information and directions about retention of records for adult schools and Workforce Investment Act, Title II grant recipients.

Bulletin 06-04: Special Education Students and Adult Education
Clarifies the circumstances under which special education students may be served in adult education programs and how to best meet the needs of special education students within the context of adult education.

Bulletin AEFLA-01-2013 Federal Supplement Not Supplant Rule and Policy to Monitor Compliance
Provides guidance regarding the federal Supplement Not Supplant rule to adult education programs receiving Adult Education and Family Literacy Act grant funds.

Bulletin AEFLA-02-2013 Adult Education and Family Literacy Act Program Income and Fee
Provides guidance to adult schools and Workforce Investment Act, Title II grant recipients who charge fees for participation in Adult Education and Family Literacy Act-funded services.

Frequently Asked Questions

WIA Supplement Not Supplant
Questions and answers regarding the Supplement not Supplant provision of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Title II: Adult Education and Family Literacy Act.

Policy Resources

Provides links to resources, procedures, and regulations governing adult education programs in California.

Assessment Policy Template (DOC)
This fiscal year 2008-09 template may be used by federally funded agencies to meet Assessment Policy Guidelines.

California Assessment Policy Guidelines 2014 (DOC)

California Assessment Policy Guidelines 2013 (DOC)

California Assessment Policy Guidelines 2012 (DOC)

California Assessment Policy Guidelines 2009 (PDF)

California State Plan 2015-16 (DOC)
(Transition year)

California State Plan 1999-2004 (DOC)
Extended through June 30, 2015.

Workforce Investment Act, Titles I and II Partnership
Reports and guidelines regarding the partnership between adult education and the workforce development system.


Adult Education Handbook for California (2005) (PDF; 1MB)
This handbook describes the key elements of the administration of an adult education program.

Meeting the Challenge: A History of Adult Education (PDF; 2MB)


Workforce Investment Act, Title II Legislative Report 2012-13 (DOC; 2MB)
Implementation and Impact of the Workforce Investment Act, Title II Adult Education Program Year 2012-13.

Workforce Investment Act, Title II Legislative Report 2011-12
Implementation and Impact of the Workforce Investment Act, Title II Adult Education Program Year 2011-12.

Workforce Investment Act, Title II Legislative Report 2010-11
Implementation and Impact of the Workforce Investment Act, Title II Adult Education Program Year 2010–11.

California Annual Performance Report External link opens in new window or tab.
Annual report required by the United States Department of Education from each state receiving federal Workforce Investment Act Title II funds.

Questions:   Adult Education Office | 916-322-2175
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