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ERIC Number: ED263192
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
NAEP Profiles of Literacy. An Assessment of Young Adults. Development Plan, April 1985.
Kirsch, Irwin
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has acted to provide a new perspective with its 1985 survey of the literacy skills of young Americans aged 21-25. In the Spring of 1985, NAEP began screening 40,000 households to identify a nationally representative sample of between 3,600 and 5,000 young adults aged 21-25 and several hundred out-of-school 17-year-olds. (An oversampling of Black and Hispanic young adults will premit NAEP to deliver reliable reports on those groups.) We can fully appreciate the conditions of literacy among young adults in our society only when we survey their proficiency at various tasks along with the characteristics of the backgrounds and the environments in which they live. NAEP staff members will gather information on the background and demographic characteristics of young adults. A second phase of the study involves the measurement of "core" skills, and a third phase includes simulation tasks resulting in a profile of literacy skills or an oral language interview. Findings of the study will have implications for economic development, educational programs, and practical programs to improve literacy. (LMO)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Assessment of Educational Progress, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress