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Adult Literacy Resources

Home Pages for Adult Literacy Research

National Institute for Literacy (NIFL)
The State of Literacy in America
The National Institute for Literacy provides resources on literacy issues. This website includes publications, statistics, and information on programs currently running.

Adult Literacy Education Wiki
This is a guide to adult literacy and is similar to other wikis in that people can change or add information.

American Institutes for Research (Adult Education and Literacy section) This website provides articles about adult education programs.

Canada's Adult Literacy Information Network
Documents available through this site include information on programming, resources, services, materials and resources that can be used in the learning situation. Information is gleaned from across Canada and the world.

Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)
A private nonprofit organization applying research information about language and culture to educational, cultural, and social concerns.

Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy (CTP)
The CTP examines policy and strategies at the local, state, and national level that show most promise in addressing the challenge of ensuring a capable, committed teacher in every classroom in the nation.

Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE)
Created in 1985, the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) unites researchers from five leading research institutions in an effort to improve elementary and secondary education through practical research.

Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy
The Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy is in the College of Education at The Pennsylvania State University.

Institute of Education Sciences
Established in 2002, the Institute replaces the Office of Educational Research and Improvement. The Institute consists of the National Center for Education Research, the National Center for Education Statistics, and the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance.

Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) Special Collections
Gateway to electronic resources on high-quality literacy practices and materials.

Literacy Volunteers of America (LVA)
The LVA is a national not-for-profit organization founded to combat the problem of adult illiteracy in the United States. Their primary premise is that well trained and supported volunteers can be effective tutors of adults, and that mobilizing the talents of large numbers of diverse kinds of people can make a significant impact on the problem. is a gateway to electronic resources and tools for the national and international youth and adult literacy communities. This site is jointly sponsored by the International Literacy Institute (ILI) and the National Center on Adult Literacy (NCAL) at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.

National Center for Education Statistics
This alphabetical subject index provides the user access to reports on topics like adult literacy and educational attainment. The reports are listed with the most current first.

National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) The NCSALL conducts research and development activities on programs that serve adults who have low literacy levels, have limited English language proficiency, or do not have a high school diploma.

National Commission on Adult Literacy Whether you are a business leader, a philanthropist, a current or potential
student, a worker, a policy maker, a service provider, or member of the
general public or other stakeholder group, this web site is for you. It aims
to focus attention on the great cause of adult education and literacy. It is
the Commission's cause.

National Institute for Literacy's LINCS
One-stop shopping for literacy-related information nationwide, LINCS home pages and communication sites at every level--national, regional, and in 52 states and territories--bring all adult literacy-related resources, expertise, and knowledge to a single focal point.

National Institute for Literacy
Documents on a variety of literacy-related topics.

The National Research and Development Centers
Research Reports
Links to more than 600 research reports on early learning, adult literacy, diversity, at-risk students, gifted students, second language learning, postsecondary improvement and education policy.

Ohio Literacy Resource Center (OLRC)
Publications on research in adult literacy.

Partnership for Reading
Adult Education Reading Instruction
This site presents evidence-based practices for teaching reading to adults.

The San Diego Consortium for Workforce Education and Lifelong Learning (CWELL)
CWELL conducts research and development to better meet the needs of new immigrants and undereducated youths and adults for non-college credit education and training.

System for Adult Basic Education Support (SABES)
The Adult Literacy Resource Institute at SABES is a program and staff development center for adult literacy and basic education program in the greater Boston area. The home page offers links to online publications.

U.S. Department of Education

Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education (ACVE) Archive
Full text of ERIC/ACVE Publications
All ERIC Clearinghouses ceased operations as of December 31, 2003. This archive is hosted at Ohio State University. A search in the site on the topic "Adult Literacy" returns many publications from Trends and Issues Alerts; Myths and Realities; and Practice Application Briefs.

Institute of Education Sciences
On November 5, 2002, President Bush signed into law the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 establishing a new organization, the Institute of Education Sciences.The Institute of Education Sciences reflects the intent of the President and Congress to advance the field of education research, making it more rigorous in support of evidence-based education. The Institute consists of the National Center for Education Research, the National Center for Education Statistics, and the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance.

Office of Education Research and Improvement-OERI)
OERI provided national leadership for educational research and statistics. OERI conducted research and demonstration projects funded through grants to help improve education; collects statistics on the status and progress of schools and education throughout the nation; distributed information; and provided technical assistance to those working to improve education. It has been succeeded by The Institute of Education Studies (see above). Archived material.

National Institute on Postsecondary
Education, Libraries, and Lifelong Learning (PLLI)
The PLLI conducts research and development activities designed to promote quality and access in the education and training of adults in a variety of settings including postsecondary institutions, community based education programs, libraries, and the workplace. Archived material.

U.S. Department of Education Publications in ERIC
This is the introductory page for searching the database that currently lists 33,827 publications produced or funded by the U.S. Department and entered into the ERIC database through May 2004. A basic search on the term "Adult Literacy" returns many resources.

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