A First Look at the Literacy of America’s Adults in the 21st Century
National Centre for Education Statistics, December 2005, 28pp.
A new report, published by the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL), measured the English literacy of America's adults (people age 16 and older living in households and prisons). One of its most worrying findings concerns university graduates. It reveals that fewer and fewer graduates know how to read and understand a book, according to a new survey of 19,000 people. The report found that only 31 percent of graduates could read a complex book and extrapolate from it. A decade ago, the proportion was 40 percent. The rise of the internet and increasing periods spent watching television have been attributed to the fall in literacy rates among graduates, a demographic usually attributed with having a high level of literacy.
The Report - A First Look at the Literacy of America’s Adults in the 21st CenturyDepartment of Education - Press release