[Technology 912] Literacy in Everyday Life publication release

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Mariann Fedele MariannF at lacnyc.org
Wed Apr 4 12:34:50 EDT 2007

Dear Colleagues,

The following message is submitted on behalf of Jaleh Behroozi Soroui.




The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) just released
Literacy in Everyday Life, the most recent publication of the 2003
National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL). This report provides
extensive information on the literacy of American adults age 16 and
older and changes in their performance since 1992. Furthermore, it
examines the relationship between literacy and several demographic
variables including education, occupation, and income.

Findings include the following:

* Women have closed the gap with men in Quantitative literacy.

are doing better than men in Document and Prose literacy.

* Younger and older adults have lower literacy than adults in

age groups.

* Median weekly earnings increased with each level of literacy.

* At each higher level of Prose literacy, more adults were

full time.

* Approximately 51 percent of adults with Below Basic Document

literacy and 43 percent with Below Basic Quantitative literacy believed
their job opportunities were limited a lot by their lack of computer

* The percentage of parents who never helped their school-age

with homework declined at each higher Prose literacy level.

* Approximately half of US citizens of voting age with Below

Prose and Document literacy reported voting in the presidential election
of 2000 compared with 84 percent of citizens with Proficient Prose and
Document literacy.

To download, view and print the publication as a PDF file, please visit:


Jaleh Behroozi Soroui

Education Statistics Services Institute

American Institutes for Research

1990 K Street, NW Suite 500

Washington, DC 20006

Phone: 202/403-6958

email: jsoroui at air.org

Mariann Fedele

Associate Director,

NYC Regional Adult Education Network

Literacy Assistance Center

NIFL Technology and Literacy Discussion List
32 Broadway 10th Floor
New York, New York 10004
mariannf at lacnyc.org

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