The Twin Challenges of Mediocrity and Inequality: Literacy in the U.S. from an International Perspective

Author(s):
Sum, Andrew; Kirsch, Irwin; Traggart, Robert;
Publication Year:
2002
Report Number:
PIC-TWIN
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Document Type:
Subject/Key Words:
Literacy proficiency International Adult Literacy Survey National Adult Literacy Survey demographics socioeconomic status

Abstract

This Policy Information Report compares the literacy of U.S. adults with the literacy of adults in other high-income countries and finds that while the average literacy of U.S. adults is quite modest, there is a high degree of inequality in the distribution of those skills. While supplies last, print copies can be ordered from the Policy Information Center for $15.00. ED 472 136.

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