TABLE B-7 Percentage of Adult Population Groups with Literacy Skills at NALS Levels 1 or 2

 

Percent

Group

Level 1

Level 2

All NALS Respondents

22

28

Age

16–54 years

15

28

55–64 years

28

33

65 years and older

49

32

Highest Education Level Completed

0–8 years

77

19

9–12 years (no high school graduation)

44

37

High school diploma/GED (no college study)

18

37

Racial/Ethnic Group

White

15

26

American Indian/Alaska Native

26

38

Asian Pacific Islander

35

25

Black

41

36

Hispanic (all groups)

52

26

Immigrants to U.S. (various countries of origin)

0–8 years of education prior to arrival in U.S.

60

31

9 + years of education prior to arrival in U.S.

44

27

 

SOURCE: Unadjusted averages of prose and document literacy scores on the NALS as reported on Tables 1.1A, 1.1B, 1.2A, and 1.2B in Kirsch I, Jungeblut A, Jenkins L, Kolstad A. Adult Literacy in America: A First Look at the Results of the National Adult Literacy Survey. Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education; September, 1993, and on Table B3.13 in U.S. Department of Education. National Center for Education Statistics. English Literacy and Language Minorities in the United States, NCES 2001–464, by Greenberg E, Macías RF, Rhodes D, Chan T. Washington, DC: 2001.

services to Hispanic communities across the nation (National Hispanic Medical Association, 1997). Aiding in the improvement of health literacy for Hispanics would go hand in hand with these goals, and it would seem logical for the National Hispanic Medical Association to participate in health literacy efforts.

Advocates for African-Americans

African-Americans are also represented by a number of advocacy organizations. Two of the most respected organizations are the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the National Urban League. The National Medical Association, the organization that



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