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              National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL)

On Thursday, December 15 2005, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)  released the National Assessment of Adult Literacy.  The National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) is a nationally representative and continuing assessment of English language literacy skills of American adults. It seeks to: describe the status of adult literacy in the United States; report on national trends; and identify relationships between literacy and selected characteristics of adults.  The National Center for Education Statistics has conducted adult literacy assessments since 1985. A nationally representative sample of adults will be assessed again in 2003, providing the first indication of the nation's progress in adult literacy since 1992.

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