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The seven following webcast presentations of the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) were sponsored by the National Institute for Literacy (NIFL).

August 29, 2007 - Health Literacy of America's Adults: Results of the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) 2003

View Dr. Sheida White, NAAL Project Officer in a panel discussion on the NAAL health literacy findings. The results are based on assessment tasks designed specifically to measure the health literacy of adults living in the United States. Health literacy was reported using four performance levels: Below Basic, Basic, Intermediate, and Proficient. The majority of adults (53 percent) had Intermediate health literacy. About 22 percent had Basic and 14 percent had Below Basic health literacy. Relationships between health literacy and background variables (such as educational attainment, age, race/ethnicity, where adults get information about health issues, and health insurance coverage) were also examined and reported.

August 15, 2006 - Adults with Basic and Below Basic Literacy Levels: Findings from NAAL

View Dr. Sheida White, NAAL Project Officer in a panel presentation on the NAAL findings in a National Institute for Literacy-sponsored webcast. Dr. White’s presentation focused on demographic and other variables of American adults with Below Basic and Basic literacy. Other panelists, John Strucker of the National Center for the Study of Adult Literacy and Learning (NCSALL) and Brian Bosworth of FutureWorks, discussed practical implications of the NAAL findings on workforce programs and programs that serve adults with Below Basic and Basic literacy.

December 15, 2006 - National Assessment of Adult Literacy- Press Conference Webcast

Originally presented on December 15, 2005, this webcast features the first national findings on the assessment of adult literacy since 1992. Russ Whitehurst, Director of IES, and Mark Schneider, NCES Commissioner, presented the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) results and responded to questions from the media.

December 2, 2005 - National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) Pre-briefing Webcast

This webcast provided a pre-briefing of the NAAL key features and what to expect from the first NAAL report.

September 8, 2004 - National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) Webcast

Originally presented on September 8, 2004, in celebration of International Literacy Day, this interactive presentation, given by NAAL Project Officer Sheida White and Senior Tech Advisor Andrew Kolstad from the National Center for Education Statistics, provides a brief overview of the 2003 Assessment as well as frequently asked questions and answers.

August 3, 2004 - National Assessment of Adult Literacy- Health Literacy Component Webcast

Presented by NAAL Project Officer Sheida White and Senior Tech Advisor Andrew Kolstad of NCES, this interactive presentation focuses on the NAAL Health Literacy Component of the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL). The NAAL Health Literacy Component is the first national assessment designed specifically to measure health literacy.

September 9, 2003 - 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) Webcast

Targeting the research community, this webcast session highlighted the new types of data, technical resources, and reports planned for the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL). NAAL Project Officer Sheida White shared information about the assessment with participants and received questions, comments, and feedback on possible analyses during the webcast.

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