ERIC Number: ED068808
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Adult Reading Development. An Information Awareness Service.
DeCrow, Roger, Ed.
A digest of findings from a national survey by Louis Harris and Associates of adult reading skills comprises this edition of Adult Reading Development, a publication of the National Reading Center. The study measured the ability of adults to respond to practical real-life situations such as reading direct-dial instructions in a telephone directory and reading classified advertisements in newspapers. Results indicate that 4% of the population over 16 suffers serious deficiencies in functional reading ability; another 11% failed on more than 10% of the test items. One percent of the sample was totally illiterate. The young (16 year olds) and the old (over 50) scored significantly lower than other age groups. A positive correlation appeared between income and reading ability; the scores of these with incomes under $5,000 were lower than those with higher incomes. Educational level appears to be the factor most closely related to test scores. Scores were higher in the Midwest and West and lowest in the East; cities and rural areas contain the largest number of people with reading problems. Blacks did more poorly than whites on the test because of lower educational backgrounds. (RS)
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Authoring Institution: National Reading Center Foundation, Washington, DC.