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Adults with Basic and Below Basic Literacy Levels: Findings from the NAAL and Implications for Practice

A transcript of this resource is available under the webcast screen. https://neces.ed.gov/naal/index.asp
Author(s): 
Dr. Sandra L. Baxter (Moderator)
Dr. Sheida White
Dr. John Strucker
Mr. Brian Bosworth
Author(s) Organizational Affiliation: 
National Institute for Literacy
National Center for Education Statistics
National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy
Harvard Graduate School of Education
FutureWorks, Belmont, MA
Published: 
2006
Resource Type: 
Product
Product Type: 
Skill Level: 
NRS EFL 1--ABE Beginning Literacy
NRS EFL 2--ABE Beginning Basic Education
NRS EFL 3--ABE Intermediate Low
NRS EFL 4--ABE Intermediate High
Required Training: 

None

Abstract: 

This August 2006 webcast disseminates findings from the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) 2003. The panelists discuss the NAAL definitions of prose, document, and quantitative literacy, as well as the performance levels used in the study. This webinar specifically focuses on the characteristics of adults who scored at the Basic and Below Basic literacy levels and addresses the impact of the study findings on adult education programs. Panelists discuss components of basic skills acquisition, as well as implications for workforce programs.

Benefits and Uses: 
This webcast disseminates findings from the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) 2003, specifically focusing on American adults who tested in the Below Basic and Basic literacy levels. The panelists discuss the NAAL definitions of prose, document, and quantitative literacy, as well as the components of basic literacy acquisition. The study findings for Below Basic and Basic literacy-level adults are highlighted, as are implications for adult education and workforce programs. This webinar would be most useful for researchers, program administrators, and teachers who seek to better understand national literacy needs and increase program capacity to improve the literacy skills of adults at these levels.
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