Adult Education 5-Year State Plan 2014-2019

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.

Washington State Adult Education 5-year Plan

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