Assessing Literacy: The Framework for the National Adult Literacy Survey

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DIANE Publishing, Sep 1, 1996 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 43 pages
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Sets forth the definition of literacy and the framework that guided the development of the instruments for the NALS. Contents: overview of the NALS and survey samples; framework development (defining literacy, extending the literacy scales); development of the background questionnaire (scope, and administration); development of the simulation tasks (materials/structures, task difficulty, processes/strategies); state adult literacy surveys (state samples, background questionnaire); participants in the development process; and sample tasks.

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OCLC Number: 454778149
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Adult education -- United States -- Planning.
Basic education -- United States.
Fundamental education -- United States.

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Page 10 - Act of 1991(NIFL, 1991). defines literacy as: an individual's ability to read, write, and speak in English, and compute and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job and in society, to achieve one's goals, and develop one's knowledge and potential, (p.
Page 1 - By the year 2000, every adult American will be literate and will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to compete in a global economy and exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizenship...
Page 10 - Quantitative literacy — the knowledge and skills required to apply arithmetic operations, either alone or sequentially, using numbers embedded in printed materials; for example, balancing a checkbook, figuring out a tip, completing an order form, or determining the amount of interest from a loan advertisement.
Page 2 - Act of 1991, the purpose of which is "to enhance the literacy and basic skills of adults, to ensure that all adults in the United States acquire the basic skills necessary to function effectively and achieve the greatest possible opportunity in their work and in their lives, and to strengthen and coordinate adult literacy programs.
Page 9 - Survey (NAdLitS) defined literacy as "using printed and written information to function in society, to achieve one's goals, and to develop one's knowledge and potential.
Page 32 - Macias (Liaison to the Technical Review Committee) Professor of Education and Director UC Linguistic Minority Research Institute University of California, Santa Barbara Director of Research and Analysis Directorate Department of the Secretary of State Canada Honorable Carolyn Pollan (ex-officio member) State Representative Arkansas State Legislature Ms. Lynne Robinson Director of Support Services Division of ACE Sweetwater Union High School District Mr. Anthony Sarmiento Director Education Department...
Page 24 - The difficulty of these tasks appears to be a function of several factors, including: • the particular arithmetic operation called for • the number of operations needed to perform the task • the extent to which the numbers are embedded in printed materials and • the extent to which an inference must be made to identify the type of operation to be performed In general, it appears that many individuals can perform simple arithmetic operations when both the numbers and operations are made explicit....
Page 1 - Historians remind us that during the last 200 hundred [sic] years, our nation's literacy skills have increased dramatically in response to new requirements and expanded opportunities for social and economic growth. Today we are a better educated and more literate society than at any time in our history.
Page 33 - Department of Educational Studies University of Delaware Literacy of Incarcerated Adults Review Group Ms. Caroline Wolf Harlow Statistician Bureau of Justice Statistics Mr. Christopher Koch Education Program Specialist Office of Correctional Education US Department of Education Ms. Harriet Lebowitz Social Science Research Analysis Federal Bureau of Prisons Mr. Ronald Pugsley Office of Vocational and Adult Education US Department of Education Ms. Gail Schwartz Chief for the Office of Correctional...

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