ERIC Number: ED263193
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Profiles of Literacy. An Assessment of Young Adults.
National Assessment of Educational Progress, Princeton, NJ.
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 permit 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 to draw 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 - General
Education Level: N/A
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