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
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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