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National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL)

Demographics -> Race/Age

Race/Ethnicity

Performance in 2003

  • Prose: Whites had the highest scores followed by Asians/Pacific Islanders, Blacks, and Hispanics
  • Document: Whites and Asians/Pacific Islanders had the highest scores followed by Blacks and Hispanics
  • Quantitative: Whites had the highest scores followed by Asians/Pacific Islanders, and both Blacks and Hispanics

Changes between 1992 and 2003

  • White Adults
  • Up 9 points in quantitative
  • Black Adults
  • Up 6 points in prose, 8 points in document, and 16 points in quantitative
  • Hispanic Adults
  • Down 18 points in prose and 14 points in document
  • Asian/Pacific Islander Adults
  • Up 16 points in prose
Change in Literacy between 1992 and 2003

Age Cohorts

  • Performance in 2003
  • Adults age 65+ had the lowest literacy
  • Changes between 1992 and 2003
  • Literacy increased among age cohorts 25-39, 50-64, and 65+
Average quantative literacy scores of adults by age: 1992 and 2003
Average quantative literacy scores of adults by age: 1992 and 2003

* Significantly different from 1992.
NOTE: Adults are defined as people 16 years of age and older living in households or prisons. Adults who could not be interviewed due to language spoken or cognitive or mental disabilities (3 percent in 2003 and 4 percent in 1992) are excluded from this figure.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 1992 National Adult Literacy Survey and 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy.

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