This Guide presents information gathered through a review of literature and research on content standards; discussions with staff from state offices of adult education; and reviews of state, national, and international standards documents.

The information and examples are intended to guide state adult education administrators, content experts, professional development staff, instructors, and curriculum/assessment specialists throughout the process of planning, developing, aligning, reviewing, and implementing standards. The document includes a wide range of suggestions and resources for implementing standards-based education.  

The five chapters of the guide introduce the components of standards-based reform and the implications for adult education. Content standards are voluntary at a national level, so the guide does not prescribe a single process, nor does it recommend content. However, the guide can help users make decisions related to adapting, developing, or implementing standards. The guide includes lessons learned from adult educators and researchers. Each chapter offers practice activities to assist state teams in using the information presented in the text. The appendices provide additional information, a glossary, tools and templates, and references.