ERIC Number: ED399510
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Literacy in Nevada: Needs Assessment.
Bell, Emmy; And Others
Based on data from the National Adult Literacy Survey (NALS) and census data, this document presents a series of studies on literacy in Nevada. Estimates of the literacy levels of Nevada's adults were derived from NALS data and census data. Employers who had in-state addresses and who employed 10 or more workers in unskilled jobs were surveyed to describe workplace literacy in Nevada. A staff survey of the Department of Human Resources was conducted to determine clients' literacy. Results of the studies indicated that: (1) over 200,000 adults in Nevada lack a high school diploma; (2) over 62,000 Nevada households are bilingual, but in over 13,000 households, no one speaks English; (3) the highest unemployment rates in Nevada are for 16-19 year olds who are non-high school graduates not enrolled in school; (4) Nevada's high school dropout rate was 8% during the 1992-93 school year; (5) nearly three quarters of employers agreed that their unskilled employees' basic education skills were generally adequate for their current jobs; (6) most literacy problems of Department of Human Resources customers involved non-English speaking customers who had difficulty understanding agency and program policies; (7) more than half of Nevada State Welfare Division's employment and training clientele have low literacy levels; and (8) half of Nevada's adult population function below acceptable literacy levels. Contains 13 charts of data drawn from the 1990 census. (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Nevada State Library and Archives, Carson City.
Authoring Institution: Nevada Literacy Coalition.
Identifiers - Location: Nevada
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Adult Literacy Survey (NCES)