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ERIC Number: ED530304
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-25
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Adult Literacy. Cuyahoga County Data Brief
Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development (NJ1)
There are no direct measures of adult literacy in Cuyahoga County. Instead, this report uses estimates based on a statistical model derived from the National Survey of Adult Literacy. Adult literacy levels range from Level 1 (the most basic) to Level 5 (the most complex). People with Level 1 literacy are at a severe disadvantage in the sense that they are likely to be excluded from all but minimum-wage work, although most can read to a minimal extent. Individuals with Level 2 literacy have somewhat higher skills, but are also at a disadvantage in terms of being able to meet the demands of 21st century life. Level 3 literacy is the minimum standard necessary according to the National Educational Goals Panel. The skills associated with Level 3 are required for most post-secondary education and training programs. Levels 4 and 5 are necessary for more advanced work. In Cleveland, 29 % of the population is estimated to be at Level 1 and 37% at Level 2. For Cuyahoga County as a whole, the percentages are 14% and 30% at Levels 1 and 2 respectively. There were no statistically significant differences in these estimates compared to 2000.
Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Case Western University, 10900 Euclid Avenue ML 7164, Cleveland, OH 44106. Tel: 216-368-6946; Fax: 216-368-5158; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Case Western Reserve University, Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development
Identifiers - Location: Ohio