The Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE presented by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is a global competition to develop mobile software that results in the greatest increase in literacy skills among adult learners. While Team Registration for the competition has closed, there are still ways for you to support competitors and the millions of learners for whom they are building learning tools.

Are you interested in being an Adult Literacy XPRIZE Team Mentor?
Educators, practitioners, and researchers can apply to mentor or support competing Adult Literacy XPRIZE teams. If you are interested, here’s how to sign up.
1. Go to http://adultliteracy.xprize.org/get-involved
2. Scroll down to Become a Mentor and select the BECOME A MENTOR button.

3. If you have not registered, select the “SIGN UP TODAY!” button and create an account.
4. Once registered, log in and complete a Mentor Profile. You can also then read the competition Team Profiles. Mentors and teams can contact one another directly in the system.

If you have difficulty with any of these steps, contact Adult.Literacy@xprize.org

Are you interested in matching teams with learners, or offering services?
Teams are always looking for access to great resources. As competing teams develop their prototypes, they need to work with adult learners to test the relevance and appropriateness of their designs. Help teams connect with learners in your programs. If you can offer teams valuable access and resources, please email the XPRIZE team at Adult.Literacy@xprize.org and they can share your offer with our competitors.


Mission Statement

CSAL is committed to understanding reading-related characteristics that are critical to helping adult learners reach their reading goals and to developing instructional approaches that are tailored to adult learners’ needs and interests.

CSAL General Overview

Each year, nearly 3 million Americans enroll in adult literacy programs to improve their basic skills, and some estimates suggest the need is even greater. Adults in these programs want to increase their literacy skills to improve aspects of their work, family, social, and civic lives. However, we do not completely understand their underlying reading-related strengths and weaknesses, nor do we know the best curricula and teaching approaches to help them reach their reading goals. The focus of our center is to address these areas by conducting research that will (1) explore individual differences in reading-related abilities and motivations for learning so that we can better tailor instruction to adult learners, (2) design a reading program and an interactive online reading tutor that, can more effectively meet adult learners’ needs, and (3) conduct pilot studies to assess the potential of our instructional programs in helping adults improve their literacy skills. More information is available on our project overview page.


Funding for this Center comes from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), U.S. Department of Education and we are funded through Grant R305C120001 at Georgia State University. Our project officer is Meredith Larson.

Our researchers come from Georgia State UniversityUniversity of Toronto and The Hospital for Sick ChildrenThe University of Memphis and the Institute for Intelligent Systems, and Brock University.

Our collaborators include the Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics (TIMES) at the University of Houston (for assistance with tests and basic data management) and the American Institutes for Research (AIR) (for assistance with national leadership activities).

Accessibility Policy

The website of the Center for the Study of Adult Literacy strives to provide you with an online platform for gathering information and communicating with the CSAL organization. Our web design follows the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines for Section 508 compliance because we want to make sure all of the information on our site is accessible to all members of our audience. If you are having trouble accessing any content on the site, then you may find a solution on our accessibility assistance and policy page.