The growing demand for English literacy and civics education programs and services surpasses the availability of instruction, and additional services are needed to meet this high and increasing demand. Many adults with limited proficiency in English have never attended high school in the United States, and, therefore, have limited or no institutional civics education experience. For the purposes of this Program, civics education is defined as “an educational program that emphasizes contextualized instruction on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, naturalization procedures, civics participation and U.S. history and government to help students acquire the skills and knowledge to become active and informed parents, workers and community members.”
As a recipient of these federal funds, the State Education Department is required to ensure that local educational agencies, institutions of higher education and other public and private nonprofit organizations serve adults and out-of-school youths who have limited ability in speaking, reading, writing and understanding the English language, and whose native language is a language other than English, or who live in a family or community environment where a language other than English is the dominant language.
In fulfilling its obligations under this Act, the State Education Department is responsible for designing and developing adult education programs and related activities serving immigrants and limited English proficient populations, ensuring that these programs integrate English literacy and civics education. The Department is also responsible for program assessment and evaluation, as well as reporting the success of these programs to the Federal government.
Federal Statute: Workforce Investment Act, PL 105-220, Title II
Federal Regulation: 20 CFR Parts 652 and Parts 660 through 671
NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS SERVED: 11,307