ERIC Number: ED334355
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Mississippi Literacy Assessment. SSRC Report 91-1.
Cosby, Arthur G.; And Others
Persons aged 16 to 75 in 1,803 Mississippi households were interviewed over 6 months in 1990 to develop a profile of the literacy proficiencies of the adult population of the state. Results were reported in three areas of task types: prose literacy, document literacy, and quantitative literacy. Some of the findings were the following: (1) Mississippi has very few total nonreaders among its adult population; (2) older adults who have had less formal education had more severe problems than others; (3) literacy problems extend across racial lines, educational experiences, and income levels, but there are very few non-English-speaking adults in the state; (4) prose literacy was generally better than document literacy, and quantitative literacy was usually strong; (5) members of households that receive public assistance function at considerably lower levels of proficiency than those in households receiving no public assistance; (6) approximately 35 percent of adults are reading below intermediate levels; (7) skilled and unskilled laborers function at lower levels of literacy than those who are professionals, managers, technicians, or in clerical or sales positions; (8) educational attainment, race, and parents' education level are most clearly associated with literacy; and (9) 38 percent of high school graduates and 12 percent of college graduates function below the intermediate level on the prose scale. (An appendix discusses survey methodology. A list of 18 references is provided.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adults, Educational Assessment, Educational Attainment, Educational Needs, Literacy Education, State Surveys, Statewide Planning
Social Science Research Center, P.O. Box 5287, Mississippi State, MS 39762.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Mississippi Governor's Office for Literacy, Jackson.; Mississippi State Employment Security Commission, Jackson.
Authoring Institution: Mississippi State Univ., Mississippi State. Social Science Research Center.
Identifiers: Mississippi; Numeracy