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State Literacy

The State Assessment of Adult Literacy (SAAL) is an assessment of adult literacy within a participating state. Conducted in conjunction with 2003 NAAL data collection, SAAL collects additional data within a participating state.

Six states voluntarily participated in the 2003 assessment: Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, and Oklahoma. View information on the 12 states that participated in the 1992 State Adult Literacy Survey.

Key Features

SAAL provides participating states with individually-tailored reports that offer

  • more in-depth analysis of a state’s literacy, by augmenting the state’s sample with the national sample;
  • state and national comparisons;
  • expanded background information on population groups;
  • state-level scoring for FAN, ALSA, and the NAAL Health Literacy Component;
  • estimates by demographic and other characteristics of interest;
  • trend data, for states that participated in both the 1992 and 2003 assessments (New York).