Michelle from Columbus, Ohio asked:
- I couldn't seem to find numbers in each of the age categories of the data. How many 16-18 year olds, for example, were interviewed?
This year, you surveyed 19,000 from six states, yes? In 1992, how many did you survey and were they from 11 states? how many in ohio specifically?
Is there any explaination why quantitative literacy has increased while prose has remained unchanged?
What was your most alarming finding? The best?
What are your plans for improvement? Do you have any target numbers?
Dr. Peggy G. Carr 's response:
Both the 1992 survey and the 2003 assessment are based on a representative sample of the United States. In the sample, every state has a probability of being selected. In addition to the national sample, 11 states also purchased individual state samples in 1992, and six states purchased individual state samples in 2003.
In terms of explaining changes in literacy, a data set containing a wealth of variables was released on the website (www.air.org/naal) today--the perfect opportunity for secondary analysis of the data.
As for plans for improvement, you should turn to the numerous officials in the program community (within and outside the U.S. Department of Education) to get your answer.