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Date: Mon Mar 07 2005 - 10:51:19 EST

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NCES has asked the National Academy of Standards to establish reporting
standards for the 2003 NAAL.  These standards are currently scheduled to
be submitted to NCES at the end of March.  NCES is therefore planning to
release the first NAAL report, which will be a highlights report, in
September.  A longer more comprehensive report will be released during
the winter. 

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On
Behalf Of Varshna Narumanchi-Jackson
Sent: Monday, March 07, 2005 10:23 AM
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: [NIFL-ASSESSMENT:944] RE: NAAL Discussion Begins Today!

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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