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From: Varshna Narumanchi-Jackson (
Date: Mon Mar 07 2005 - 10:23:21 EST

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Mr. Kutner,

Is NCES on time to publish the NAAL results in May?

on 3/7/05 7:52 AM, Kutner, Mark at wrote:

> Good morning.  I am looking forward to answering any questions that you
> might have about the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL).  The
> project was funded by the National Center for Education Statistics
> (NCES), and we are all very much looking forward to releasing reports
> that will provide useful information about the literacy of America's
> adults.
> Here is my attempt to answer Maria's first questions:
> The 1992 National Adult Literacy Survey (NALS) and the 2003 NAAL
> essentially measure the same constructs of literacy and we will be
> reporting changes in literacy levels between 1992 and 2003. While
> maintaining trend between the two assessments, NAAL also has a number of
> enhancements that are intended to provide more meaningful information
> about adult literacy levels.  These include:
> 1.  A Fluency Addition to NAAL (FAN) which will provide a basic reading
> score for the population and sub populations.
> 2.  A health literacy score, in addition to scores on prose, document,
> and quantitative literacy.
> 3.  An emphasis on the literacy of adults with the lowest levels of
> literacy by using a performance based assessment that we call the Adult
> Literacy Supplemental Assessment (ALSA) to provide information about
> what adults who were unable to answer NAAL questions.
> NAAL also includes a more comprehensive background survey than the one
> in 1992.  In addition to asking questions related to basic demographics,
> it includes questions about job training, employment, family literacy,
> community involvmement, use of technology, and health.  The background
> questionnaire is available online at the NCES NAAL site.  Our planned
> title for the main NAAL report is: The Literacy of America's Adults in
> Workplace, Family, and Community Settings.  This should give you an idea
> about the type of information that will be available.
> The NAAL is a household survey which means that interviewers visit
> people's homes and individually administer the assessment.  It is a time
> consuming and complicated process.  Westat is the organization that
> collected the data.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: [] On
> Behalf Of Marie Cora
> Sent: Monday, March 07, 2005 7:22 AM
> To: Multiple recipients of list
> Subject: [NIFL-ASSESSMENT:942] NAAL Discussion Begins Today!
> Good morning, afternoon, and evening to you all.
> Today begins our discussion with Mark Kutner on the National Assessments
> of Adult Literacy.  Welcome Mark!
> I encourage you all to check out the suggested resources at:
>  (click on the Frequently Asked Questions
> section)
> or view any of the webcasts at:
> I have a question for you Mark to start us off:
> What is the difference between the 2003 survey and the 1992 survey?
> What information are you trying to capture in the new survey that you
> didn't get in the '92 survey?  How are you capturing or collecting the
> new info?
> Thanks!
> marie cora
> Moderator, NIFL Assessment Discussion List, and Coordinator/Developer
> LINCS Assessment Special Collection at

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