Be an Advocate for Adult Education!

Why advocate?

There are over 60,000 adults in DC who don’t have a high school diploma, that’s 1 out of every 5 working-age DC residents. Because low literacy affects every area of their lives, these individuals face a myriad of challenges and suffer higher rates of unemployment, poverty, and homelessness.  Adults with low literacy skills are often left in the shadows of our social and political systems.  In order to achieve a more equitable and prosperous society, we must speak up for adults with low literacy. Join us in bringing their voices to the forefront. Help us inform and educate our communities and our policy makers.


Please check back for upcoming events!

Questions or more Info: Email Jamie Kamlet at


Past Events

Mayoral Candidates Forum

Community Discussion on National Plan of Action for Adult Literacy

Adult Education & Family Week 2015

Literacy Forums


 What is PIAAC and why is it important?
The Survey of Adult Skills is an international survey conducted in 33 countries as part of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). It measures the key cognitive and workplace skills needed for individuals to participate in society and for economies to prosper. The first results from the Survey were released on 8th October 2013.

PIACC U.S. Gateway
All about PIACC (Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies) for the United States. Reports, resources, implications, recommendations, events and more.

OECD Skills Report: Time for the U.S. to Reskill? What the Survey of Adult Skills Says, 2013
: The basic skills of literacy and numeracy are of huge importance to our economies and societies. The OECD’s new Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) assesses skills of literacy, numeracy and a newly assessed domain of “problem solving in technology-rich environments” in a number of countries. This special report, to be published alongside the main international survey, looks at the results for the United States and identifies their policy implications. 

Time for the U.S. to Reskill: Developing a National Action Plan to Improve the Foundational Skills of U.S. Adults, Consultation Paper from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Dec. 2013.

Developing a National Plan to Improve Skills of U.S. Adults, a NEW reader-friendly version developed by the DC Adult & Family Literacy Coalition, Feb. 2014.