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Date: Fri Mar 11 2005 - 13:27:50 EST

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Subject: [NIFL-ASSESSMENT:955] RE:  NAAL Uses/Implications?
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Hello all,

Thanks for your reply Mark.  I think we'll all be interested in seeing
what types of findings we'll get from the 2003 survey. 

I wanted to note that today is Mark's last day on the List as our guest.
I encourage any of you who would like to take advantage of having Mark's
ear, to pose a question or make a comment.  I would also like to thank
Mark for his time this week with us.

There's still a few more hours in the day though!  So take advantage!

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On
Behalf Of Kutner, Mark
Sent: Thursday, March 10, 2005 8:51 PM
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: [NIFL-ASSESSMENT:953] RE: NAAL Uses/Implications?

At the national level the results from the 1992 NALS were used to
underscore the literacy problem faced by adults in the United States.
The results were used by states to advocate for additional funding in
support of adult basic and ESL services.  Results from the 2003
assessment can be used for similar purposes, and also to document the
health literacy of America's adults and the basic skill levels of
America's adults in additional to the assessment's NAAL scores which are
reflect a functional literacy definition.  We expect findings from the
2003 assessment to be able to inform pracitioners.

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On
Behalf Of Marie Cora
Sent: Thursday, March 10, 2005 12:18 PM
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: [NIFL-ASSESSMENT:952] RE: NAAL Uses/Implications?

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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