National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL)

National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL)

The National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) is a nationally representative and continuing assessment of English language literacy skills of American adults age 16 and older. The U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in the Institute of Education Sciences has conducted assessments of U.S. adult literacy since 1985.

The 2003 NAAL will provide the first assessment of the nation's progress in adult literacy since 1992. In addition to describing the status and progress of literacy in the nation and in each of the six participating states (Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, and Oklahoma), the 2003 NAAL will provide information about background factors associated with literacy, the skill levels of the least-literate adults, and the application of literacy skills to health-related materials. It seeks to: describe the status of adult literacy in the United States; report on national trends; and identify relationships between literacy and selected characteristics of adults.

For more information on the NAAL, go to http://nces.ed.gov/naal.

 

Archived Webcasts

Health Literacy of Americas Adults: Results of the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) 2003.
Presented August 29, 2007 -- The Health Literacy of America's Adults is the first release of the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) health literacy results. The results are based on assessment tasks designed specifically to measure the health literacy of adults living in the United States. Health literacy was reported using four performance levels: Below Basic, Basic, Intermediate, and Proficient. The majority of adults (53 percent) had Intermediate health literacy. About 22 percent had Basic and 14 percent had Below Basic health literacy. Relationships between health literacy and background variables (such as educational attainment, age, race/ethnicity, where adults get information about health issues, and health insurance coverage) were also examined and reported. (Approx. time: 1.25 hours)

Adults with Basic and Below Basic Literacy Levels: Findings from NAAL and Implications for Practice.
Presented August 15, 2006 -- discusses the results of the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) 2003, specifically relating to Americans who tested in the Below Basic and Basic literacy levels. The webcast featured Dr. Sheida White, of the National Center for Education Statistics, who served as project officer for the NAAL. She presented the findings of the NAAL for Below Basic and Basic levels.
(Approx. time: 1.5 hours)

National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) Press Conference: A First Look at the Literacy of America's Adults in the 21st Century
Presented December 15, 2005 -- Results from the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) were released on December 15. NCES released two initial reports on NAAL: A First Look at the Literacy of America's Adults in the 21st Century presents key results -- including changes in adult literacy since 1992 and performance by gender, race/ethnicity, age, language spoken before starting school, educational attainment, and employment status. A companion report, Key Concepts and Features of the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy, describes the assessment's key features and major data types.
(Approx. time: 1 hour)

 

 

 


Funds for these webcast were provided by the National Institute for Literacy.