[Technology 1027] Natl Commission on Adult Literacy Resource Document Released

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Gail Spangenberg gspangenberg at caalusa.org
Mon May 21 12:22:02 EDT 2007

NEWS RELEASE - May 21, 2007, NYC -- On behalf of the National
Commission on Adult Literacy, MOUNTING PRESSURES FACING THE U.S.
was released today by the Commission's chairman, its study director,
and CAAL. The 67 resource document was one of several presentations
made at the April 17, 2007 meeting of the National Commission. It was
developed by Dennis Jones (President) and Patrick Kelly (Senior
Associate & Director, National Information Center) of the National
Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS).

This publication consists largely of 50 color graphics reflecting
NCHEMS analysis and 2005 data from such multiple sources as OECD, the
U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the National
Center for Education Statistics, the U.S. Bureau of Justice, the U.S.
Department of Education, GED Testing Service, and NCHEMS itself.
NCHEMS concludes that this data set -- including information on
international comparisons, U.S. demographic trends, U.S. education
achievement levels, workforce education levels, and other variables
-- calls for a dramatically expanded and more effective adult
education and literacy enterprise in America. A short introduction
and executive summary by the authors accompanies their compelling

Although this document should not necessarily be taken to reflect
conclusions of the Commission at this stage (its work is still in
progress), the Commission is pleased to release it as a public
service. Other materials developed for the Commission's April 17th
meeting will be provided in the near future.

MOUNTING PRESSURES... is available in color PDF format at the CAAL
website, www.caalusa.org. Bound color copies may also be purchased
directly from CAAL ($25 each plus postage, bheitner at caalusa.org for
ordering instructions). [Note: This is a large document best "read"
in color. Persons able to print only in black and white or having a
slow speed connection may do better to order it from CAAL.]

Gail Spangenberg
Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy
1221 Avenue of the Americas - 46th Fl
New York, NY 10020
212-512-2362, F: 212-512-2610

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