Adult Education 5-Year State Plan 2014-2019 with Revised WIOA Requirements for Transition Year 2015-2016

Update – On July 22, 2014, the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) legislation passed. As required by the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) we have drafted Washington’s Basic Education for Adults transition plan for 2015-16 and we have incorporated feedback received on the plan. The below draft has been submitted to OCTAE and this is the plan required to complete current providers 2015-16 BEdA Master Grant Extension Application. We see the implementation of WIOA as Washington’s chance to leverage our state’s innovations and successes to truly reset, expand, and scale up these proven best practices that all of our agencies have created and now support.

The purpose of the Act has the goal of improving the workforce, reducing welfare dependency, increasing economic self-sufficiency, meeting the skill requirements of employers, and enhancing productivity and the competitiveness of the nation. It requires better alignment and collaboration between all of the vital workforce programs in our state, by OCTAE beginning to align the measurements they have for our funding Titles – this will help remove the barriers of who may serve whom and for how long. The Titles specific to WIOA are:

  • Title I: Workforce Development Activities
    • Employment and Training programs
      • Disadvantaged Youth Services
      • Economically Disadvantaged Adult services
      • Dislocated Worker Program
  • Title II: Basic Education for Adults
  • Title III: Wagner-Peyser Employment Services
  • Title IV: Vocational Rehabilitation Services

The three key principles to keep in mind are:

  • Program Alignment: this involves unified strategic planning across all core programs.
  • Increased Accountability: establishes common performance measures across core programs
  • Enhanced Service Delivery: Requires the engagement of employers and alignment of education and training activities through the establishment of career pathways.

Washington State Adult Education 5-year Plan – 2014-2019
Pathways to College and Careers for Washington’s Emerging Workforce

Under the guidance of the Governor-appointed Adult Education Advisory Council, the 2014-2019 State Plan reflects insights from public planning documents and extensive open forums and surveys. This new State Plan shapes the future of ABE in Washington and ensures that ABE and English language education will open up new career pathways and educational opportunities for adults whose limited skills or English might otherwise hold them back.

The five-year plan provides policy level guidance to implement a comprehensive college and career readiness pathway to ensure Washingtonians have the skills needed to succeed. The College and Career pathway model, identifies students’ short and long term goals from the very beginning, and puts them in a contextualized learning environment--where as skills are learned, they are practiced and applied in areas that have meaning in their lives and to their careers.

The pathways allow students to progress as skills are developed and outcomes met rather than focusing on seat time—allowing students to greatly accelerate progression often by-passing years of basic skills and developmental education.


All adult Washingtonians will have access to innovative, high quality education programs that provide the knowledge, skills and credentials necessary for securing family sustaining employment that strengthens the state and local economies.


The adult education system will provide research-proven instruction and college and career readiness pathways that allow adults to master academic and technical skills to attain their career and educational goals and successfully navigate education and employment opportunities.


  • Implement and scale comprehensive, innovative college and career pathways to accelerate student completion and foster economic growth.
  • Guide and support transformational instructional practices that accelerate student completion to certificates, the Tipping Point, and AA/BA degrees leading to family sustaining employment.
  • Contextualize adult education courses to support transition to high school completion & equivalency certification, postsecondary education, and employment.
  • Strengthen and maintain a culture of rigorous instruction and evidence of increased performance.
  • Create and maintain strategic alliances to leverage local resources and increase navigational support to students.
  • Foster student self-efficacy.


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