Thursday, September 03, 2015
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Senate Bill Reduces Funding for Education

On June 25, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill to fund the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, which administer the education and workforce programs that serve low-income people, for fiscal year (FY) 2016. The Senate majority bill, much like last week’s House bill, cuts $331 million from Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) employment and training programs, including $41 million from WIOA Title I Youth activities and $40 million from adult employment and training activities. The bill also cuts $29 million from the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) and an additional $6 million from AEFLA national leadership activities.

See more at: http://www.clasp.org/issues/postsecondary/in-focus/senate-appropriations-bill-reduces-funding-for-education-and-training-programs-critical-for-low-income-students#sthash.7XxxawvP.dpuf

LVR Presents Awards

At their annual Awards & Recognition Ceremony on June 10, 2015, Literacy Volunteers of Rochester presented its advocates, tutors, and students with awards for service and numerous accomplishments.Nicole Viggiano LVR award

Bob Mahar, Executive Director of LVR, presented Nicole Viggiano, with a Friend of Literacy Award. Nicole is the Director of the Office of Community Education, Greece Central School District and Coordinator of its Literacy Zone.

Among the awardees were State Senator Joe Robach who received the President’s Literacy Award and Doris Leve, (LVR President from 1984-1988) who with the late Nan Oster (LVR President from 1970-73) received the 2015 Ruth J. Colvin Founders Award.

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NYSED/ACCES Revises Assessment Policy

NYSED/ACCES has addressed various aspects of its assessment policy in order to provide guidance to local programs while adhering to Federal assessment requirements. Revisions to its policy will go into effect on July 1, 2015. Go to NYS Assessment Policy Revised Apr 2015 changes highlighted and NYS Assessment Policy Revised April 2015

OCTAE Releases Report to Transform Adult Learning

The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) released a report, Making Skills Everyone's Business: A Call to Transform Adult Learning in the United States.

The report represents OCTAE’s vision for transforming adult learning in the United States. It outlines key strategies that can be adopted by communities, public and private entities, and government agencies as they develop a collective approach to improve the skills deficit. 

The release of OCTAE’s report is the first step in an overall action plan, which will include regional events.

Go to http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/pi/AdultEd/making-skills.pdf

TASC Online Interactive Demo Released

TASC test takers can now experience new technology-enhanced item types by using an interactive demo. The demo offers practice items just like those examinees will find on the new D, E, and F TASC test forms. Designed to familiarize students with technology-enhanced items, this new demo will provide examinees with a simulated online test taking experience.

At http://www.tasctest.com/resources.html go to Preparing for the TASC Test, Online Interactive Demo Introduces Technology-Enhanced Items to TASC Test Takers or go to https://www.engradepro.com/preview/?qk=f0da0dab1eb0a99790fe7de50058636b&section=1

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