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Basic reading skills and the literacy of America's least literate adults: results from the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) Supplemental Studies

Publisher: National Center for Education Statistics

Published At: Washington, DC

Date Published: February 2009

Distributor: National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education

Source Address: 1990 K Street NW

Source City/State/Zip: Washington DC 20006-5651

Phone: 1-877-4ED-Pubs

Material Type: Research/Technical Report

Intended Audience: General

Physical Media: Print

Physical Description: xiv + 53 p. + appendices A, B, C

Subjects: Adult Literacy; Reading; Educational Research

This report details the results of two of the four components of the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL). The components are the Fluency Addition to NAAL (FAN) and the Adult Literacy Supplemental Assessment (ALSA). The ALSA was administered only to adults who were unable to successfully answer seven simple literacy questions and therefore were unable to proceed to the main literacy assessment. The ALSA gathered information about the letter-reading, word-identification, and basic comprehension skills of the least literate adults. The FAN was administered to all participants in the NAAL and measured their basic reading skills--the ability to read letters, words, and continuous text.

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