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A first look at the literacy of America's adults in the 21st century

Publisher: National Center for Education Statistics

Published At: Washington, DC

Date Published: December 2005

Distributor: National Center for Education Statistics

Source Address: 1990 K Street, NW

Source City/State/Zip: Washington DC 20006

Phone: 202-502-7300

Material Type: Statistical Data

Intended Audience: Policy Maker

Physical Media: Print

Physical Description: 28 p.

Subjects: Adult Education; Adult Literacy; Educational Assessment; Educational Research; Statistical Surveys

This is a report of the findings of the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) which measured the English literacy of American adults (people age 16 and older living in households or prisons). The 2003 NAAL builds on the previous national assessment completed in 1992, and defines literacy as "using printed and written information to function in society, to achieve one's goals, and to develop one's knowledge and potential". Results are reported in terms of scale score averages and literacy levels on three literacy scales: prose, document, and quantitative. Sample assessment questions are included in the report.

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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN220124 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.