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Table 1:

Average Literacy Scores of Adults

by Race/Ethnicity, 1992-2003

 

 

 

 

Race/ethnicity

1992

2003

% Change

 

Prose Literacy

White

287

288

0.4%

Black

237

243

2.8%

Hispanic

234

216

-7.4%

Asian/Pacific Islander

255

271

6.2%

 

Document Literacy

White

281

282

0.3%

Black

230

238

3.5%

Hispanic

238

224

-6.0%

Asian/Pacific Islander

259

272

5.1%

 

Quantitative Literacy

White

288

297

3.1%

Black

222

238

7.3%

Hispanic

233

233

-0.3%

Asian/Pacific Islander

268

285

6.1%

 

 

 

 

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, "A First Look at Literacy of America`s Adults in the 21st Century," December 2005.

 

Table 2:

Percent of Adults With Below Basic

 Literacy Levels, 1992-2003

Race/ethnicity

1992

2003

% point change

 

Prose Literacy

White

9

7

-2

Black

30

24

-6

Hispanic

35

44

9

Asian/Pacific Islander

25

14

-14

 

Document Literacy

White

10

8

-2

Black

31

24

-7

Hispanic

28

36

12

Asian/Pacific Islander

19

11

-8

 

Quantitative Literacy

White

19

13

-6

Black

57

47

-10

Hispanic

50

50

0

Asian/Pacific Islander

31

19

-12

 

 

 

 

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, "A First Look at Literacy of America`s Adults in the 21st Century," December 2005. Page 9.

 

Edwin S. Rubenstein (email him) is President of ESR Research Economic Consultants in Indianapolis.