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RISE Webinar Series - Exploring the Experiences and Skills of Young Adults

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On February 6th, 2019, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will host two presentations on millennials and disconnected adults in the United States: 

Presenter: Madeline J. Goodman, Research Application Manager, Educational Testing Service

Too Big to Fail: Millennials on the Margins (2018) expands traditional understandings of "disconnected youth"—young adults who are not attached to educational institutions or the labor market—by including cognitive skills in the conception of what it means to be "disconnected."

Using data from the OECD’s Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), this presentation will examine the size and characteristics of low-skilled U.S. millennials as they transition to adulthood and explores the implications of this for the well-being of these individuals and our society more broadly. This webinar will explore answers to the following questions:

  • What connects people to prosperity?

  • What connects people to each other and the larger society?

  • How do we define dis–connection?

  • What role do skills play in understanding core aspects of connection today?

Presenter: Elise Christopher, Statistician, National Center for Education Statistics

The Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002) is the fourth in a series of secondary longitudinal studies conducted by NCES since the 1970s to study young adult progression through high school and into young adulthood, with data on outcomes such as postsecondary education and early careers. The study includes findings related to the following questions:

  • What are the critical transitions made by the cohort of 2002 high school sophomores through college into adult careers?

  • What factors influence these transitions?

  • What are the multiple perspectives on student’s educational experiences?

  • What are gains in mathematics achievement from 10th - 12th grades?

  • Can we compare this to previous longitudinal studies?

Recent research using ELS:2002 data at the Department of Education will be highlighted, and a description of the study will also be provided.