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Old 04-06-2010, 5:21 PM
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Thank you "Z" for sending me this link:

"The Literacy Skills of America’s Adults"
from the Executive Summary of "Adult Literacy in America"

Twenty-one to 23 percent — or some 40 to 44 million of the 191 million
adults in this country — demonstrated skills in the lowest level of prose,
document, and quantitative proficiencies (Level 1). Though all adults in this
level displayed limited skills, their characteristics are diverse. Many adults in
this level performed simple, routine tasks involving brief and uncomplicated
texts and documents. For example, they were able to total an entry on a
deposit slip, locate the time or place of a meeting on a form, and identify a
piece of specific information in a brief news article. Others were unable to
perform these types of tasks, and some had such limited skills that they were
unable to respond to much of the survey.

Some 25 to 28 percent of the respondents, representing about 50 million
adults nationwide, demonstrated skills in the next higher level of proficiency
(Level 2) on each of the literacy scales. While their skills were more varied
than those of individuals performing in Level 1, their repertoire was still
quite limited. They were generally able to locate information in text, to make
low-level inferences using printed materials, and to integrate easily
identifiable pieces of information. Further, they demonstrated the ability to
perform quantitative tasks that involve a single operation where the numbers
are either stated or can be easily found in text. For example, adults in this
level were able to calculate the total cost of a purchase or determine the
difference in price between two items. They could also locate a particular
intersection on a street map and enter background information on a simple

Individuals in Levels 1 and 2 were much less likely to respond correctly to
the more challenging literacy tasks in the assessment — those requiring
higher level reading and problem-solving skills. In particular, they were apt
to experience considerable difficulty in performing tasks that required them
to integrate or synthesize information from complex or lengthy texts or to
perform quantitative tasks that involved two or more sequential operations
and in which the individual had to set up the problem.

The approximately 90 million adults who performed in Levels 1 and 2 did
not necessarily perceive themselves as being “at risk.” Across the literacy
scales, 66 to 75 percent of the adults in the lowest level and 93 to 97 percent
in the second lowest level described themselves as being able to read or
write English “well” or “very well.”