Adult Education

The Common Core State Standards are rigorous and include college and career anchor standards that establish what skills students can be expected to demonstrate as they prepare for college and the 21st Century workplace. However, as adult education prepares for a shift to the CCSS and the increased rigor and accountability that this introduces, there are a number of challenges and questions that lie ahead. How will the Common Core State Standards impact what is taught in adult education, as well as how it is taught? How will adult learners prepare for new high school equivalency and College and Career Readiness exams that are CCSS-aligned? Do the materials I currently use align to the CCSS? Will there be new instructional materials that use the CCSS as their foundation?

As a trusted partner in adult education, Contemporary/McGraw-Hill Education is committed to providing adult educators and students with the instructional materials, resources, and professional development tools needed to raise the bar for College and Career Readiness and meet the requirements of groundbreaking reforms such as the Common Core State Standards and new and emerging exams being used to assess high school equivalency and College & Career Readiness.

As part of that commitment, we present our Contemporary Roadmaps: Content Alignments to the Common Core State Standards. These invaluable resources will help you map out how to provide comprehensive instruction and practice to help your students master CCSS-focused skills, and achieve their College and Career Readiness goals.

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But we're not done yet - the roadmaps are just the beginning of the journey.

Contemporary/McGraw-Hill Education is working on a brand new, Common Core-based test preparation program due out late Spring 2013.

Reading   |   Mathematics   |   TABE   |   Professional Development   |   Workforce

Contemporary's Reading Basics: A Real World Approach to Literacy is built on current, evidence-based research in adult reading. The program helps adult learners improve their skills in each of the four components of reading: alphabetics (phonemic awareness and word analysis), fluency, vocabulary development, and comprehension. Reading skills are aligned to TABE. The program consists of Student Edition workbooks and Readers; each unit in the Student Edition relates to the corresponding unit in the Reader by reading level and reading skills.

Learn more about Reading Basics.


Each Number Power book targets a particular set of math skills with straightforward explanations, easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, real-life examples, and extensive reinforcement exercises.

Learn more about Number Power.


EMPower (Extending Mathematical Power) materials use an innovative, research-based approach to the teaching and learning of mathematics.

  • Fosters mathematical reasoning included in the Common Core State Standards and the NCTM's Principles and Standards for School Mathematics.
  • Engages learners with student-centered activities relevant to everyday life.
  • Works well alongside Contemporary mathematics products such as Number Power ® and Math Problem Solver.
  • Prepares students for a deeper level of math proficiency necessary to successfully handle everyday problems as well as mathematics tests like the GED or college placement exams.
  • Embeds teacher support and promotes a learning community in which students communicate ideas orally and in writing, and discover multiple strategies for solving problems.
  • Professional Development available through the Technical Education Research Centers, Inc. (TERC) author team.
Learn more about EMPower Math.

Achieving TABE Success provides students complete skill preparation and practice for TABE 9 & 10.

  • Offers pretests to determine TABE readiness and build familiarity with TABE format
  • Allows teachers and students to build personalized study plans based on skill level strengths and weaknesses
  • Features targeted instruction and focused practice to ensure student understanding of each lesson
  • Provides posttests to prepare students for taking actual exams and to measure student mastery of specific skills

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Professional Development

The Adult Education Online Professional Development Series has been created specifically for the adult learner and developed by industry experts.

McGraw-Hill Education, in partnership with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and the National College Transition Network (NCTN), is pleased to announce the following online courses, designed to provide educators with essential instructional support for the Common Core classroom:

Best Practices Courses

  • Classroom Strategies
  • Supporting Diverse Learners
  • Reading and Writing Strategies
  • Supporting Numeracy (available March 2013)

Transitions to Higher Education and Training Courses

  • Bridging the Gap
  • Teaching to Support College and Career Readiness

Coming Summer 2013

  • Standards-Based Instruction of the Common Core State Standards

Workforce Connects is an all-in-one online solution that provides the assessment, remediation, instruction, and resources needed to develop career pathways and build the academic and workplace competencies needed to help learners become career ready.

  • Provides online portal with career interest and skills assessments
  • Includes user-centric skill instruction, basic skills remediation aligned to TABE®, and localized career and personal resources
  • Helps learners identify career goals and develop pathways for achieving those goals
Learn more about Workforce Connects.

The Workplace Skills Series provides students with the skills they need to increase employability and career mobility.

  • Provides skill instruction
  • Offers effective problem-solving
  • Features guided and independent practice
  • Includes performance assessment
  • Integrates career clusters throughout the program

Teacher's Editions provide instructional support, including tips for ESL instruction and extension with additional opportunities for contextualized learning based on the lesson skill. Diagnostic sheets allow teachers to provide more intensive ABE skills instruction based on student performance on assessments.


Workplace Skills: Essential Skills for the Workplace provides workplace competency instruction and practice to develop skills most values by employers.

Tools for Workplace Success provides soft skill instruction and scenarios based on the most commonly sought after skills by employers, as defined by the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) workplace competency models.

Writing for Work provides applied workplace writing activities designed to help students develop their skills in writing responses to work-related situations and relaying workplace information. Applied writing activities focus on achieving clarity in workplace writing by focusing on appropriate tone, details, organization, and format based on writing purpose and audience.

Applied Computer Basics teaches computer basics through applied workplace computing scenarios. Steps for performing tasks on the computer are modeled for students, followed by guided practice and independent practice performing similar tasks within a workplace context.


McGraw-Hill Workforce's Career Companions series provides up-to-date career information and contextualized skill practice to help learners succeed in the 21st century workforce. Each book in the series provides information and resources to help learners explore and prepare for careers within one of the 16 career clusters. The first part of each book is devoted to introducing the cluster. The second part offers learners and jobseekers the opportunity to apply essential workplace skills in cluster-specific situations.

In today's competitive and ever-changing workplace, the industry knowledge and skill proficiency offered by the Career Companion series gives jobseekers and learners an advantage to help them reach their career goals.

Learn more about Career Companions.