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

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

This webcast occurred on August 15, 2006

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The National Institute for Literacy hosted this webcast on Tuesday, August 15, 2006 to discuss 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. In addition, there was a panel of subject-matter experts who discussed what implications the NAAL findings for Below Basic and Basic adults will have on programs. The panelists included John Strucker, of the National Center for Adult Literacy and Learning, discussed basic skills; and Brian Bosworth, of the consulting firm FutureWorks, discussed implications for workforce programs.

The webcast featured:

  • Dr. Sheida White directs the National Assessment of Adult Literacy at the National Center for Education Statistics (or NCES). After working as a full-time reading researcher for 6 years, she joined NCES in 1991. During the first 8 years at NCES, she monitored the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP). Since 1999, she has been directing the NAAL project. Her articles have appeared in journals such as Language in Society and Reading Research Quarterly.
  • John Strucker, Ed.D., is a Lecturer in Education and Research Associate at the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He teaches a laboratory practicum course at Harvard, "Developing Reading in Adults and Older Adolescents," and he has been the principal investigator on two large-scale assessment projects, NCSALL's Adult Reading Components Study (ARCS) and the joint NCSALL/ETS Level 1 Study.
  • Brian Bosworth is the founder and President of FutureWorks, a private consulting and public policy research firm in Belmont, Massachusetts, that builds regional institutions and strategies for economic growth, workforce education, and civic improvement.