Adult education serves adults aged 16 and above who are not in school, who lack basic reading and math skills, and who do not have a high school diploma or its equivalent (COABE, 2017).
Functional Illiteracy is defined as having math, reading, or language skills below a 4th grade level. At this level, people may struggle to read a bus schedule, medicine bottle, or job application (Seeds of Literacy).
Education levels have more impact on lifetime earnings than any other demographic factor, including race, gender, or ethnic origin (COABE, 2017).
Individuals who participate in adult-education and literacy programs have higher future earnings as a result of participating, and their income premiums are large with more intensive participation (U.S. Department of Education, 2014).
Almost half of all children and young adults live in low-income households that are below 200 percent of the poverty line (CLASP, 2015).
The GED® test was created in 1942 as U.S. military veterans returned home after service in World War II, since many of them had left high school prior to graduation (GED Testing).