Adult Education


Adult education empowers individuals to become self-sufficient, with skills necessary for future employment and personal successes. We assist adults to become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency while completing a secondary education.

Utah Adult Education is a program of instruction below the collegiate level for adults. Utah Adult Education is comprised of Adult Secondary Education (ASE), and English Language Learners (ELL) to read English Language Acquisition (ELA).

Utah State Board of Education, Adult Education Services: Directory of Utah Adult Education Programs 2019-2020


Adult Basic Education (ABE):

  • ABE services are for adults who lack high school level skills and need to improve basic reading, writing, and mathematics skills.
  • ABE services include classroom instruction, one-to-one tutoring, computer-assisted instruction and distance learning.
  • ABE services are delivered by a diverse provider network composed of community-based organizations (CBOs), Local Education Agencies (LEAs), community colleges, workplaces, labor unions, and correctional education.

Adult Secondary Education (ASE):

English Language Acquisition (ELA):

  • ELA programs are designed to help English Language Leaners achieve competence in reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension of the English language. In addition to language instruction, ELA programs are designed to assist learners in transitioning to programs that lead to the attainment of a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent, post-secondary education and training, or employment.
  • English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards for Adult Education


Residents of the state of Utah (individuals 18 or older and out-of-school youth ages 16 or older) who are legal residents of the United States, making Utah their permanent home.

Non-residents (individuals 18 or older and out-of-school youth ages 16 or older) may participate in adult education programs but must pay full fees and tuition to participate equal to the nearest college or university.

The adult education programs of Utah do not discriminate in its programs based on race, color, national origin, sex or disabilities.


Policies and Procedures

Utah Adult Education Policies and Procedures Guide

Utah Adult Education Onsite Program Reviews for 2019-2020

Grant Management


Fees and Tuition Collected in Support of Adult Education Program Period July 1 through June 30
Annual report to the Utah State Board of Education reflecting the monies collected and reported to the district/community-based organizations' business administrator.
Due Annually: September 1

Utah Adult Education Collected Fees Expenditure Plan
Collected Fees Expenditure Plan report an annual expenditure plan to the Utah State Board of Education describing how collected fees from the previous year will be expended in meeting the literacy needs of the adult learner.
Due Annually: September 30

Independent Compliance Audit

All adult education programs are required on an annual basis to contract with an independent accountant to validate program outcomes. Independent auditors are required to submit a copy of the agreed upon procedures report, written findings describing exceptions, errors, or discrepancies, if any, and the Adult Education Summary to the district/community-based organization and the Utah State Board of Education adult education coordinator.
Due Annually: September 15

Resources for Adult Educators

2019 Events Calendar

National Reporting System (NRS) Technical Assistance (TA) Guide

Utah's Online Performance Information for Adult Education (UTopia) Adult Education Management System

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) State Plan for the State of Utah
United States Department of Education

Community and Services

2-1-1 Utah: United Way is a program of Community Services Council, that is a free information and referral line for health, human and community services. It provides information and referrals on topics such as emergency food pantries, rental assistance, public health clinics, child care resources, support groups, legal aid, and a variety of non-profit and governmental agencies.

Department of Workforce Services (DWS) is Utah's Job Connection. It is a consolidation of all employment related functions into a comprehensive service delivery system allowing Job seekers and employers to access the services they need without the confusion and burden of working with multiple agencies.

UtahFutures is a web-based career information system that helps students learn more about how his or her personal characteristics can be used in a variety of occupations. The UtahFutures OnRamp is a companion site with additional training and resources for educators.

Professional Development

Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) provides free access to communities of practice, self-paced online courses, and searchable resources for adult educators.

Utah Education Network (UEN) Professional Development offers free in-person and online workshops that cover a wide variety of technology and curriculum topics, ranging from basics like how to create presentations and use the internet effectively to sophisticated online authoring with graphic animation.

Utah State Board of Education Massively Integrated Data Analytics System (MIDAS) Education was built by the Utah State Board of Education with the single goal of helping Local Education Agencies (LEAs) provide a simpler, more cost effective way to collect and track professional learning activities for educators.

Professional Organizations

Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE)
The Coalition on Adult Basic Education represents the system of 55,000 adult educators in the United States. Membership includes access to professional development webinars, discounted registration for their annual virtual and national conferences, access to a downloadable research journal, and the opportunity to participate in legislative advocacy initiatives, such as the award winning Educate and Elevate national public awareness campaign.

Mountain Plains Adult Education Association (MPAEA)
The mission of the Mountain Plains Adult Education Association is to support and promote lifelong learning in the Mountain Plains Region (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, and beyond). In order to achieve its mission, the association promotes and provides professional development opportunities for adult educators, publishes and distributes relevant information about lifelong learning, and supports and strengthens member associations within the states of the region.

Utah Association of Adult, Community, and Continuing Education (UAACCE)
The mission of the Utah Association of Adult, Community, and Continuing Education, as the primary advocate for lifelong learning opportunities in Utah, is to meet the diverse needs of all Utahns by providing and supporting quality educational opportunities.

Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA)/Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Competition

There are three types of federal AEFLA funds available:

  • Adult Basic Education (ABE): Used to fund local programs of adult education literacy services, including workplace literacy services; family literacy services; and English literacy programs.
  • Prisons and Institutions (PI): Used for the cost of educational programs for criminal offenders in correctional institutions and for other institutionalized individuals. Priority for program services should be given to individuals likely to leave the correctional institution within five years of participation.
  • Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE): Services must include instruction in literacy and English language acquisition and instruction on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and civic participation. Services must be delivered in combination with integrated education and training activities and prepare English learners for unsubsidized employment in in-demand industries and occupations.

2019-2020 Competition


February 5, 2019
WIOA/AEFLA Competition Legal Notice posted.

February 19, 2019
WIOA Bidder's Conference | Adult Education Bidder's Conference YouTube Live Stream
Location: Utah State Board of Education North and South Board Rooms 8-12

Utah State Board of Education Bidders Conference (Presentation Slides)

Appendix E: 13 Considerations Crosswalk

Scoring Criteria

Scoring Rubric

March 5, 2019
Demonstrated Effectiveness due no later than 5 p.m.

March 8, 2019
Notification of Demonstrated Effectiveness results sent to applicants. Full grant applications sent only to those applicants scoring 25 points or greater.

April 3, 2019
Completed grant applications due to Utah State Board of Education no later than 5 p.m.

May 15, 2019
Notifications of funding decision sent to applicants.

Notice of Request for Proposals Funded Under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act, Title II)

Utah Adult Education 2019-2020 AEFLA/WIOA Competition Questions and Answers

Adult Education Social Media

Adult Education Facebook