National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL)

The NAAL is a nationally representative assessment of English literacy among American adults age 16 and older. Results from the study cover the status and progress of literacy in the nation, the literacy skill level of American adults (including the least-literate adults), various factors associated with literacy, and the application of literacy skills to health-related materials. NAAL also provides the results of state-level assessments of six participating states and a national study on literacy among the state and federal prison population (local jails and other types of institutions are not included). Additionally, one important goal of the 2003 NAAL was to provide trend data in adult literacy performance since 1992. At this time, the 2003 NAAL full data set and accompanying technical documentation are not ready for public release.

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Maintainer U.S. Department of Education (ED)/National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Last Updated August 27, 2021, 22:52 (UTC)
Created December 2, 2019, 19:07 (UTC)