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Date: Thu Mar 10 2005 - 12:19:18 EST

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Hello Mark and everyone,

Mark, could you talk a bit about what the results are "used" for?  For
example, do the results affect funding or programming?  Are they used
(taken into consideration) when studying other areas of society, perhaps
like health care?


-----Original Message-----
From: [] On
Behalf Of Kutner, Mark
Sent: Wednesday, March 09, 2005 8:30 AM
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: [NIFL-ASSESSMENT:951] RE: NAAL on states vs. country

Good morning.

The six states that purchased a state sample will receive a state score
based on the responses of at least 1,000 adults in their states.  For
these states analyses similar to those being done at the national level
will be reported, including prose, document and quantitative literacy,
health literacy, and a basic reading score.  NCES is also supporting the
development of small area estimates so that other states will also be
able to get overall scores on prose, document, and quantitative

Information from the NAAL cannot be considered in relation to other
international literacy assessments because NAAL and other assessments do
not share any common items that will allow such comparisons.


-----Original Message-----
From: [] On
Behalf Of Marie Cora
Sent: Tuesday, March 08, 2005 11:48 AM
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: [NIFL-ASSESSMENT:950] NAAL on states vs. country

Hi everyone,
I have some other questions for Mark.  I was wondering about the
interpretation of the scoring.  
Do states get their own 'score'?  How is that interpreted (what does it
actually mean)?
Our whole country gets a rating - should we be considering what our
state rating might be in context with the entire US?  Is that important?
In terms of the country's rating, is that done in context with other
survey's (worldwide, or youth surveys), or does it more or less stand
(And pardon if any of these questions don't make sense!)
marie cora
Moderator, NIFL Assessment Discussion List, and Coordinator/Developer
LINCS Assessment Special Collection at

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