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

THE TWIN CHALLENGES OF MEDIOCRITY AND INEQUALITY: Literacy in the U.S. From an International Perspective. Andrew Sum, Irwin Kirsch, & Robert Taggart. Educational Testing Service, 2002. This monograph is the first report ever published about the adult literacy rates in more than 20 countries. The data were provided by two large-scale studies conducted in the 1990s--The National Adult Literacy Survey and the International Adult Literacy Survey. Literacy was defined as "using printed and written information to function in society, to achieve one's goals, and to develop one's knowledge and potential." The literacy of the U.S. adult population ranked in the bottom half of high-income countries. In addition, the United States has the greatest gap between the literacy of the best and the worst performers, when comparing all high-income countries. The report includes policy recommendations for educators of all age groups and for public officials about how to improve literacy opportunities for all citizens. Copies of the report are available at
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Author:Patterson, Janice
Publication:Childhood Education
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jun 22, 2004
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