Content Framework

In 1994, when the National Institute for Literacy launched the Equipped for the Future (EFF) initiative it was with the intention of developing a framework for adult learning content standards. The EFF Content Framework and Standards were constructed to strengthen the ability of adult education providers to improve their programs in order to better meet the needs of adult learners and the wider community.

The foundational pieces of the framework include the four purposes for learning and the three role maps. The components that complete the framework structure -- 13 common activities that overlap the roles and the EFF Content Standards that represent a consensus of what is important for students to know and be able to do -- are all linked to the fundamental purposes that motivate adult learning and through the role maps to the key contexts in which adults live and learn.

The 16 Content Standards provide the central tool in facilitating the EFF approach to adult literacy system change and improvement. The publication of the standards in 2000 marked the completion of the EFF Content Framework development process. Since then, the focus of EFF research has shifted to building an assessment and reporting framework for the EFF Content Standards and a professional development system for EFF implementation.