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ERIC Number: ED533519
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Pages: 71
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Literacy Needs Assessment Technical Report for Cuyahoga County
Mikelbank, Kristen; Nelson, Lisa; Lickfelt, Sarah; Coulton, Claudia
Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change (NJ1)
Having low literacy skills could impact everything from reading a newspaper and balancing a checkbook to wise consumer decisions and job advancement. This study estimates adult literacy measures for Cuyahoga County, Ohio and its municipalities. It is also important to have a sense of how many children are at risk for developing literacy problems as adults, and these estimates are also generated. Finally, many efforts are already underway in communities across the county to try to help those who do struggle with literacy issues. The last portion of the research analyzes the distribution of literacy service providers. Appended are: (1) Difficulty Values of Selected Tasks Along the Prose, Document, and Quantitative Literacy Scales; (2) Reference Map for Cleveland Neighborhoods, Inner-Ring Suburbs, and Outer-Ring Suburbs; (3) Mean Literacy Proficiencies by Cleveland Neighborhood and Suburban Municipality, 1990 vs. 2000; (4) Percent at Level 1 Literacy by Cleveland Neighborhood and Suburban Municipality, 1990 vs. 2000; (5) Percent at Level 1 or Level 2 Literacy by Cleveland Neighborhood and Suburban Municipality, 1990 vs. 2000; (6) Census Variables Used to Update Reder's Mathematical Literacy Models; (7) Other Regional Literacy Measurements and Comparisons between Cleveland and Other Ohio Cities (Based on results from Jack Miller's Study); (8) Distribution of Births to Mothers Who Did Not Have a High School Degree, 1998-2002; (9) Percentage of 4th Graders and 9th Graders who Passed the Proficiency Tests; (10) Educational Attainment for the Civilian Youth Population Aged 16-19 by Suburban Municipality and Cleveland Neighborhood, 2000; and (11) Estimated Number of Adults and Children with Possible Literacy Problems. (Contains 17 tables, 23 figures and 45 footnotes.) [This paper was prepared for The Greater Cleveland Literacy Collaborative.]
Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change. 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: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 4; Grade 9; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Cleveland Foundation; George Gund Foundation; Martha Holden Jennings Foundation
Authoring Institution: Case Western Reserve University, Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change
Identifiers - Location: Ohio
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Adult Literacy Survey (NCES); National Assessment of Adult Literacy