Adult Education Acronym Dictionary

Defining Acronyms, Abbreviations Used in Adult Education

What is Adult Education (AE)?

Adult education is the practice of teaching and educating adults. Adult education takes place through “extension” school or “school of continuing education.” Other learning places include the workplace, community colleges, adult high schools, colleges and universities, libraries, career centers, literacy centers, and lifelong learning centers. The practice is also often referred to as “Training and Development” and is often associated with workforce or professional development. It has also been referred to as andragogy. Adult education is different from vocational education, which is mostly workplace-based for skill improvement, and also from non-formal adult education, including learning skills or learning for personal development.

The results of Adult Education can be earning a High School Equivalency (HSE), a certification, and or workforce training.

American Association for Adult & Continuing Education
A national professional association of adult educators. www.aaace.org. (See also “COABE” below.)

Adult Basic Education

Academic instruction and services below the high school level that increase an individual’s ability to read,
write, and speak in English, and perform mathematics and other skills necessary to earn a high school credential, place into postsecondary education or training, and obtain employment. (Cf. Adult Secondary Education below)

Adult Education & Family Literacy Act

Title II of the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act. Under AEFLA, the US Department of Education administers grants to states and territories to support their adult education programs. https://aefla.ed.gov/

Adult Secondary Credit

A service provided by an adult education program in partnership with a local high school that enables adult education students to take courses and earn credits toward a high school diploma.

Adult Secondary Education

Academic instruction and services at the high school level that increases an individual’s ability to read, write, and
speak in English, and perform mathematics and other skills necessary to earn a high school credential, place
into postsecondary education or training, and obtain employment. (Cf. ABE above.)

Coalition On Adult Basic Education

A national professional association of adult educators. www.coabe.org. (See also “AAACE” above.)

Department of Labor

The agency of the federal government fosters, promotes, and develops the welfare of wage earners, job seekers, and retirees; improves working conditions; advances opportunities for employment; and assures work-related rights and benefits. This department provides some guidance to providers of services under WIOA (See WIOA below.)
www.dol.gov.

Data Recognition Corporation

A company that provides several education assessment products, including TABE and TABE CLAS-E (see below) for adult education. www.datarecognitionacorporation.com

Department of Workforce Development (Indiana)
The state government agency in Indiana creates and administers programs that enhance the state’s
workforce, collects unemployment insurance premium payments from employers, and pays unemployment
claims to workers who lose their jobs. www.in.gov/dwd

Educational Functioning Level

A measure of the literacy skills shown by an adult education student. The normative way to establish a student’s
EFL is through pre- or post-testing on an approved assessment, such as TABE or TABE CLAS-E (see below). For adult secondary credit students, the EFL can be established by the number of Carnegie Units (i.e., credits) earned in
high school. But in the circumstances connected to COVID-19, a “Provisional Placement” into an EFL can be made
through another commercially-based assessment or even teacher judgment.

Additional EFL meaning: English as a Foreign Language is learning English in a non-English-speaking country. For example, students in China who are learning English are considered EFL students because English is not the country’s official language. But if those same students were in the U.S. learning English, they would be considered ESL students.

Economic Growth Region

One of 12 groupings of Indiana counties according to workforce development planning and activities. (See also “WDB” below.) https://www.in.gov/dwd/aboutdwd/regional-maps/

English Language Learning (or English Language Acquisition)
Activities that help adults achieve competence in reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension of the English language and that lead to a high school diploma or equivalent, placement into postsecondary education or training, or employment. (Cf., IELCE below.)

Additional ELL meaning: English Language Learners is commonly used in K-12 environments. However, it has been brought to our attention that some school districts prefer to use the term ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) to describe their student population. This could be a preference issue. (Source ReadingHorizons)

English as a Second Language
English as a Second Language is learning English in a country where English is dominantly spoken or the official language.
For example, students from non-native English-speaking countries who come to the U.S. and Canada for an extended time learn English as a Second Language. They acquire English to communicate in the dominant language spoken in the community where they reside.

English to Speakers of Other Languages.

It applies to both ESL and EFL contexts. This term was created because some individuals argue that when students are learning English in a native English-speaking country (ESL), these students are not necessarily learning a second language. It could be a student’s third or even fourth language. Then, English as a Second Language is limiting and not fully comprehensive in its description. ESL meaning: English as a Second Language is learning English in a country where English is dominantly spoken or the official language. For example, students from non-native English-speaking countries who come to the U.S. and Canada for an extended time learn English as a Second Language. They acquire English to communicate in the dominant language spoken in the community where they reside.

Employer Training Grant (or Employer Training Reimbursement)
Part of Governor Holcomb’s Next Level Jobs initiative, a source of funding to employers to provide incumbent
worker training to upskill and retain employees. Adult education programs may provide services to employers with
the funding they receive from the Employer Training Grant. (See also “NLJ” below.)
https://www.in.gov/dwd/businessservices/etg/

Eligible Training Provider List

A list of training providers whose training programs meet demand and performance criteria set by Indiana
Department of Workforce Development and the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act. These trainings are eligible for funding by local WorkOne offices. Many adult education programs are on the Eligible Training Provider List because they offer training courses that qualify for funding. (See also “INTraining” below.)
https://www.in.gov/dwd/careertraining-adult-ed/intraining/

English for Special Purposes

ESP includes students learning English in the context of a particular field, profession, or topic.

(Source: Reading Horizons)

General Education Development

The oldest of two high school equivalency assessments on the market currently. This assessment is administered by GED Testing Service®. May also refer to the diploma issued to an individual upon passing the assessment (e.g., “I’m going to get my GED.”) www.ged.com.

Governor’s Workforce Cabinet

A group appointed by the Governor to provide strategic alignment of workforce development, training, and
education initiatives. https://www.in.gov/gwc/

High School Equivalency Tests

One of two high school equivalency assessments that is currently on the market. PSI® administers this one.
www.hiset.org.

High School Equivalency

A set of tests that assesses high school-level knowledge and skills in reading, writing, math, science, and social
studies. May also refer to the diploma issued to an individual upon passing those tests.

Indiana Association for Adult & Continuing Education

Your professional association of adult educators in Indiana.

Integrated English Literacy & Civics Education

Education services provided to English language learners who are adults, including professionals with degrees and credentials in their native countries that enable such adults to achieve competency in the English language and acquire the basic and more advanced skills needed to function effectively as parents, workers, and citizens in the United States. Such services shall include literacy and English language acquisition instruction and citizenship and civic participation rights and responsibilities and may include workforce training.

Integrated Education & Training

A service that provides adult education and literacy activities concurrently and contextually with workforce preparation activities and workforce training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster for the purpose of educational and career advancement. See page 2 at https://www.in.gov/dwd/files/IETWEI Definition-and-Process.docx.

Indiana Career Explorer

An online tool, free for Indiana residents, to guide job seekers, K-12  students, and adult education students in career exploration.   www.indianacareerexplorer.com

Indiana Technical Education Reporting  System

An online tool used to report student data, outcomes, and performance for adult education and high school career and technical education programs. https://cte.inters-dwd.com/InTERS_Login/

INTraining

A directory of all training providers whose training programs meet the basic  application standards set by the Indiana  Department of Workforce  Development. Training programs may or may not be eligible for funding.  Many adult education providers are also training providers and are listed on  INTraining. (See also “ETPL” above.) https://intraining.dwd.in.gov/

Indiana Online Only (Distance Education)

A statewide service that allows individuals to participate in adult education and literacy activities through Internet technologies in partnership with local adult education programs. Two providers are funded to offer this service: Vincennes University for high school equivalency instruction and Monroe County Community School Corporation for English Language Learning.

More information:

Indiana Online Only (IOO) is the only approved online adult education program in Indiana. IOO is fully funded through the state, making the course completely FREE to Indiana residents. Students are able to complete an HSE preparation or English language acquisition course on their own schedule in the comfort of their own homes. IOO meets students where they are, both physically and academically. The program uses top-notch educational strategies and programs to make sure the students receive an individualized learning plan that ensures student success.

https://www.in.gov/dwd/career-training-adult-ed/adult-ed/

Lirpa Loof (LL) is a type of credential. We call it Lirpa because you can absorb knowledge like a sponge, and Loof because you have it in the palm of your hand. It is an adult educator professional credential. The outline and test will be released at the annual meeting on May 3. When you spell Lirpa Loof backward, it is April Fool because this is an APRIL FOOLS JOKE.  #gotcha

Literacy Information & Communication  System

A collection of professional learning resources for adult educators maintained by the US Department of  Education. https://lincs.ed.gov/

Measurable Skill Gain

An indicator used to measure a participant’s interim progress through pathways that offer different services based on program purposes and participant needs. An MSG can be obtained in several ways.

See https://nrsweb.org/resources/nrs-tips-increasing-posttesting-improve-measurable-skill-gains

National Association of State Directors of  Adult Education

The professional association for state adult education administrators and their staff members. www.nasdae.org

Next Level Jobs

The workforce education and training portion of the Governor’s administrative agenda. It consists of a  Workforce Ready Grant for both credit and non-credit-bearing training and an Employer Training Grant. www.nextleveljobs.org

National Reporting System

The accountability system for the federally funded, state-administered adult education programs.  

www.nrsweb.org

Office of Career, Technical, & Adult  Education

The US Department of Education office administers adult education and literacy programs and grants.
https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/index.html

Professional Development Facilitator

An adult education teacher appointed by the program director to lead professional learning for the program staff. Adult education programs are required to have at least one.

PSI®

The company that provides the HiSET and other professional licensure and certification exams. 

https://www.psiexams.com/

https://candidate.psiexams.com/

Test of Adult Basic Education

One of the standardized assessments approved by OCTAE to establish a student’s educational functioning level as a pre-test and post-test. A complete test suite includes reading, mathematics, and language. Writing is also available. TABE and TABE CLAS-E are the only standardized assessments approved in Indiana currently. (See “DRC “above.) www.tabetest.com.

Test of Adult Basic Education  Comprehensive Language Assessment  System–English

One of the standardized assessments approved by OCTAE to establish an English language learning student’s educational functioning level as a pre-test and post-test. Tests available are reading, listening, speaking, and writing. But speaking is not a test approved to establish a student’s EFL. Currently, TABE and TABE CLAS-E are the only standardized assessments approved in Indiana. (See “DRC” above.) www.tabetest.com

United States Department of Education

The federal government agency establishes policies on federal financial aid for education, collects data on  America’s schools, disseminates education research, focuses national attention on education issues, and ensures equal access to education.  This agency administers adult education through its Office of Career,  Technical, & Adult Education. (See  OCTAE above.) www.ed.gov.

Workforce Development Board

A group in each Economic Growth  Region consists of business, education, labor, community, faith-based, and economic development leaders responsible for strategically planning workforce development.  (See also “EGR” above.)

Workforce Education Initiative

A partnership between an adult education program and an employer that delivers adult education services to employees to help them retain jobs,  improve performance, and advance in their professions.  

https://www.in.gov/dwd/files/IETWEI Definition-and-Process.docx

Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act

A federal law strengthened the  US workforce development system by aligning employment, training, and education programs.  

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/eta/wioa

Workforce Ready Grant

Part of Governor Holcomb’s Next Level  Jobs initiative, a funding source that covers a qualified individual’s tuition and fees for training to earn an  industry-recognized certification in an in-demand occupation. Several adult education programs provide training that qualifies for this funding. (See also  “NLJ” above.)  

https://nextleveljobs.org/workforce ready-grant/