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ERIC Number: ED506133
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 628
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 75
Technical Report and Data File User's Manual: For the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy. NCES 2009-476
Baldi, Stephane, Ed.; Kutner, Mark; Greenberg, Elizabeth; Jin, Ying; Baer, Justin; Moore, Elizabeth; Dunleavy, Eric; Berlin, Martha; Mohadjer, Leyla; Binzer, Greg; Krenzke, Thomas; Hogan, Jacqueline; Amsbary, Michelle; Forsyth, Barbara; Clark, Lyn; Annis, Terri; Bernstein, Jared; White, Sheida
National Center for Education Statistics
The 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) assessed the English literacy skills of a nationally representative sample of more than 19,000 U.S. adults (age 16 and older) residing in households and correctional institutions. NAAL is the first national assessment of adult literacy since the 1992 National Adult Literacy Survey (NALS). The NAAL and NALS produced direct estimates of Prose, Document, and Quantitative literacy, each reported on a 0 to 500 scale and on four performance levels: Below Basic, Basic, Intermediate, and Proficient based on this scale. This report provides information on the 2003 NAAL development and implementation, including development of survey instruments; field test and main assessment sample design; assessment items and scoring rubrics; data collection process and quality of the data; weighting, scaling, treatment of missing data, and data analysis. In addition, the NAAL technical report includes detail information on the development of NAAL innovative additions--Fluency Addition to NAAL (FAN) and Adult Literacy Supplement Assessment (ALSA). Other sections of the report contain information about health literacy cognitive items, data collection and analysis in the US correctional institutions and a user's manual on how to use statistical programs for analyzing NAAL data. The NAAL Technical Report and Data File User's Manual is a key resource for secondary data analysts and for those who want to understand how NAAL was developed and implemented. Chapters include: (1) The 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy: An Overview (Mark Kutner and Elizabeth Moore); (2) Development of the Survey Instruments (Elizabeth Greenberg); (3) Field Test (Michelle Amsbary, Martha Berlin, Thomas Krenzke, Leyla Mohadjer, Lyn Clark, and Jacqueline Hogan); (4) Field-Test Scoring and Analysis of Field-Test Data (Elizabeth Greenberg); (5) Field Test of the Fluency Addition to NAAL (Michelle Amsbary); (6) Field Test of Adult Literacy Supplemental Assessment (Michelle Amsbary and Barbara Forsyth); (7) Sample Design (Leyla Mohadjer and Thomas Krenzke); (8) Main Household Study Data Collection and Quality Control (Michelle Amsbary, Martha Berlin, Thomas Krenzke, and Leyla Mohadjer); (9) Correctional Institution Study Data Collection and Quality Control (Michelle Amsbary, Terri Annis, and Martha Berlin); (10) Reducing the Risk of Data Disclosure (Thomas Krenzke, Sylvia Dohrmann, and Laura Alvarez-Rojas); (11) Response Rates and Nonresponse Bias Analysis (Thomas Krenzke and Leyla Mohadjer); (12) Weighting and Variance Estimation (Thomas Krenzke and Leyla Mohadjer); (13) Scoring (Justin Baer, Jared Bernstein, and Michelle Amsbary); (14) Item Analysis, Scaling, and Estimates of Subpopulation Proficiencies (Stephane Baldi and Justin Baer); (15) The Literacy of Adults without Cognitive Data (Ying Jin and Stephane Baldi); (16) Variable Construction and File Development (Ying Jin); and (17) The NAAL Health Literacy Component (Ying Jin and Eric Dunleavy). Appended are: (1) Derived Variables; (2) Instructions On Using AM Software to Analyze the 2003 NAAL Data; (3) Electronic Codebook For Windows User's Manual; (4) NAAL Item Descriptions and Parameters; (5) P-Values Of NAAL 2003 Items; (6) NAAL Household Background Questionnaire; and (7) NAAL Prison Background Questionnaire. (Contains 135 tables, 19 figures, and 1 exhibit.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED)
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Adult Literacy
IES Funded: Yes