EFF is a Standards-Based Reform Initiative for Adult Literacy Education

Standards-based reform is based on content standards that represent a consensus of what it is important for students to know and be able to do. The 16 EFF Content Standards define the knowledge and skills adults need in order to successfully carry out their roles as parents and family members, citizens and community members, and workers. Standards are a powerful tool to improve the results of education because they make explicit what the goals of instruction should be and therefore provide a way to align curriculum, instruction, assessment and accountability. The standards become the definition of quality and every component of a program contributes to achieving them. This effort to use standards to align all parts of a program in order to maximize achievement of desired results is the hallmark of standards-based education and reform.

Clicking on the links below will open a new window on the EFF Fundamentals page that describes each standard. You can close the new window to return to the EFF Assessment Resource Collection when you are done.

EFF Standards Wheel