ERIC Number: ED378352
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jan
Adult Literacy. Indicator of the Month.
National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Statistical data gathered by the National Center for Education Statistics were analyzed to identify correlations between race/ethnicity, age, and prose literacy among adults in 1992. According to the analysis, prose literacy was highest among those adults with the highest levels of educational attainment, and adults aged 19-54 had higher average literacy scores than did individuals aged 55 and older. Other key findings of the analysis were as follows: (1) Blacks and Hispanics with high school diplomas or General Educational Development (GED) certificates had literacy levels similar to those of Whites who had completed only 9-12 years of education and who lacked a high school diploma/GED certificate; (2) Hispanics achieved lower scores than Blacks or Whites on the prose, document, and quantitative literacy scales; (3) on the quantitative literacy scale, the difference between blacks and whites (63 points) was larger than that between white high school and college graduates (50 points); and (4) more than one-fifth of adults scored at the lowest level on the prose literacy scale, which means that they were unable to match/integrate multiple pieces of information when irrelevant (distracting) information was present or when background knowledge/inference drawing was required. (MN)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Note: Extracted from "The Condition of Education, 1994."