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Related Publications

In addition to the NCES NAAL 2003 and NALS 1992 publications a number of non-NCES reports have analyzed data on the literacy attainment of adults and youth. Listed below are publications produced by the State Adult Literacy Surveys, the 1991 Department of Labor's Assessment of the Literacy of Job Seekers, the 1985 Young Adult Literacy Survey, and the 1994 International Adult Literacy Survey.

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1985 Young Adult Literacy Assessment

  • Richard L. Venezky, Carl F. Kaestle, and Andrew Sum, The Subtle Danger: Reflections on the Literacy Abilities of America's Young Adults, (Educational Testing Service, 1987) Educational Testing Service, (800) 223-0267
  • Irwin S. Kirsch and Ann Jungeblut, Literacy: Profiles of America's Young Adults, (Princeton, NJ: Educational Testing Service, 1986) Educational Testing Service, (800) 223-0267
  • Response Analysis Corporation, Young Adult Literacy Assessment: Part I Technical Report, (Princeton, NJ: Response Analysis Corporation, 1986) Educational Testing Service, (800) 223-0267

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Assessment of the Literacy of Job Seekers

  • Irwin S. Kirsch, Ann Jungeblut, and Anne Campbell, Beyond the School Doors: The Literacy Needs of Job Seekers Served by the U.S. Department of Labor, (Employment and Training Administration, 1992) Available from: Educational Testing Service, (800) 223-0267
  • Irwin S. Kirsch and Ann Jungeblut, with others, Profiling the Literacy Proficiencies of JTPA and ES/UI Populations: Final Report to the Department of Labor, (Employment and Training Administration, 1992) Available from: Educational Testing Service, (800) 223-0267

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International Adult Literacy Survey

  • Nancy Darcovich, Stan Jones, Irwin Kirsch, Henry M. Levin, T. Scott Murray, Kjell Rubenson, Albert Tuijnman, and J. Douglas Wilms, Literacy Skills for the Knowledge Society: Further Results from the International Adult Literacy Survey, (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and Human Resources Canada, 1997) Publications Service, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2 Rue André-Pascal, 75775 Paris Cedex 16, France
  • Giles Montigny, K. Kelly, and Stan Jones, Adult Literacy in Canada: Results of a National Study, (Statistics Canada, 1991) Publication Sales, Statistics Canada, 1995 (800) 267-6677
  • Albert Tuijnman, Irwin S. Kirsch, Stan Jones, and T. Scott Murray, Literacy, Economy and Society: Results of the first International Adult Literacy Survey, (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and Statistics Canada, 1994) Available from: Statistics Canada, Operations and Integration Division, Circulation Management, 120 Parkdale Avenue, Ottawa, K1A 0T6, Canada (613) 951-7277
  • Stan Jones Reading, but not Reading Well, (National Literacy Secretariat, 1993) National Literacy Secretariat, Ottawa, K1A 1K5, Canada (819) 953-5280
  • Albert Tuijnman, Benchmarking Adult Literacy in America: An International Comparative Study, (Statistics Canada, 2000), Available from: Education Publications Center, P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398 (877) 433-7827; downloadable from: http://www.EDpubs.gov

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State Adult Literacy Surveys Publications

  • Lynn B. Jenkins and Irwin S. Kirsch, Adult Literacy in California: Results of the State Adult Literacy Survey, (Educational Testing Service, 1994) Available from: Mary Weaver, Director of Adult Education, Adult Education Unit, 560 J Street, Suite 290, Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 322-5055
    Download PDF Version PDF File (144 KB)
  • Lynn B. Jenkins and Irwin S. Kirsch, Adult Literacy in Florida: Results of the State Adult Literacy Survey, (Educational Testing Service, 1994) Available from: Leatricia Williams, Adult Education Section Director, Division of Applied Technology and Adult Education, Department of Education, 325 West Gaines Street, Room 634, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400 (850) 488-6191
    Download PDF Version PDF File (786 KB)
  • Lynn B. Jenkins and Irwin S. Kirsch, Adult Literacy in Illinois: Results of the State Adult Literacy Survey, (Educational Testing Service, 1994) Available from: Sue Petrilli, Community College Board, 401 E. Capitol Ave, Springfield, IL 62701-1711, (217) 785-0123
    Download PDF Version PDF File (139 KB)
  • Lynn B. Jenkins and Irwin S. Kirsch, Adult Literacy in Indiana: Results of the State Adult Literacy Survey, (Educational Testing Service, 1994) Available from: Linda Warner, Division of Adult Education, Room 229, Statehouse, Indianapolis, IN 46204-2798, (317) 232-0522
    Download PDF Version PDF File (134 KB)
  • Lynn B. Jenkins and Irwin S. Kirsch, Adult Literacy in Iowa: Results of the State Adult Literacy Survey, (Educational Testing Service, 1994) Available from: John Hartwig, Bureau of Community Colleges, Iowa Dept. of Education, Grimes State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319-0146 (515) 281-3636
    Download PDF Version PDF File (142 KB)
  • Lynn B. Jenkins and Irwin S. Kirsch, Adult Literacy in Louisiana: Results of the State Adult Literacy Survey, (Educational Testing Service, 1994) Available from: Donna Nola-Ganey, Bureau of Adult and Community Education, 655 North 5th Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064, (225) 342-3336
    Download PDF Version PDF File (145 KB)
  • Lynn B. Jenkins and Irwin S. Kirsch, Adult Literacy in New Jersey: Results of the State Adult Literacy Survey, (Educational Testing Service, 1994) Available from: Thomas Henry, Director, Office of School to Career and College Initiatives, P.O. Box 500, Trenton, NJ 08625-0500, (609) 633-0665
    Download PDF Version PDF File (152 KB)
  • Lynn B. Jenkins and Irwin S. Kirsch, Adult Literacy in New York: Results of the State Adult Literacy Survey, (Educational Testing Service, 1994) Available from: Jean Stevens, Director, Adult Family and Alternative Education, 89 Washington Ave., Education Building, Room 319, Albany, NY 12234, (518) 474-8892
    Download PDF Version PDF File (137 KB)
  • Lynn B. Jenkins and Irwin S. Kirsch, Adult Literacy in Ohio: Results of the State Adult Literacy Survey, (Educational Testing Service, 1994) Available from: James Bowling, State Director of Adult Education, Ohio Department of Education, 933 High Street, Suite 210, Worthington, OH 43085-4087 (614) 466-5015
    Download PDF Version PDF File (137 KB)
  • Lynn B. Jenkins and Irwin S. Kirsch, Adult Literacy in Pennsylvania: Results of the State Adult Literacy Survey, (Educational Testing Service, 1994) Available from: Cheryl Keenan, Director, Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education, 333 Market Street, 12th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333 (717) 772-3737
    Download PDF Version PDF File (137 KB)
  • Lynn B. Jenkins and Irwin S. Kirsch, Adult Literacy in Texas: Results of the State Adult Literacy Survey, (Educational Testing Service, 1994) Available from: Sheila Rosenberg, 1701 North Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701, (512) 463-9294
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  • Lynn B. Jenkins and Irwin S. Kirsch, Adult Literacy in Washington: Results of the State Adult Literacy Survey, (Educational Testing Service, 1994) Available from: Israel Mendoza, Director, Office of Adult Literacy, State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, P. O. Box 42495, Olympia, WA 98504-2495 (360) 753-3662
    Download PDF Version PDF File (142 KB)
  • Edward T. Jennings, Jr. and Elmer T. Whitler, Adult Literacy in Kentucky: A Report on the Kentucky Adult Literacy Survey, (Kentucky Department for Adult Education and Literacy, 1997) Available from: Cabinet for Workforce Development, Department of Adult Education and Literacy, Capital Plaza Tower, 500 Mero Street, Frankfort, KY 40601 (502) 564-5114
    Download PDF Version PDF File (294 KB)

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120 Years of American Education

Excerpts taken from Chapter 1 of 120 Years of American Education: A Statistical Portrait (Edited by Tom Snyder, National Center for Education Statistics, 1993) can be found here:

Other Publications

  • M. Cecil Smith (Ed.), Literacy for the Twenty-first Century: Research, Policy, Practices, and the National Adult Literacy Survey, (Praeger, 1998).
  • Paul E. Barton and Richard J. Coley, Captive Students: Education and Training in America's Prisons, (Educational Testing Service, 1996). Available from: Policy information Center, Mail Stop 04-R, Educational Testing Service, Rosedale Road, Princeton, NJ 08541 (609) 734-5694
  • Paul E. Barton and Lynn Jenkins, Literacy and Dependency: The Literacy Skills of Welfare Recipients in the United States, (Educational Testing Service, 1995). Available from: Policy information Center, Mail Stop 04-R, Educational Testing Service, Rosedale Road, Princeton, NJ 08541 (609) 734-5694
  • Janet Baldwin, Irwin S. Kirsch, Don Rock, and Kentaro Yamamoto, The Literacy Proficiencies of GED Examinees: Results from the GED-NALS Comparison Study, (American Council on Education and Educational Testing Service, 1995) Available from: GED Fulfillment Service, P.O. Box 261, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701 (301) 604-9073
  • Janet Baldwin, Literacy Skills of Adults and Potential College Students Research Briefs (American Council on Education and Educational Testing Service, 1995) Available from: American Council on Education, Department 36, Washington DC 20055-0036 (202) 939-9385

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