Percentage of adults in each prose, document, and quantitative literacy level: 19* Significantly different from 1992. NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.Adults are defined as people 16 years of age and older living in households or prisons. According to the PIAAC, only 12% percent of adults showed the highest proficiency level on literacy tasks, and even less, 9%, showed proficient numeracy skills. These results are the same as a decade earlier when the NAAL demonstrated that only 12% of adults have proficient health literacy skills.
Adults 65 or older were more likely to have below basic or basic health literacy skills than those under 65. The share of adults at these lower levels of literacy was greatest for those over 75; more than two-thirds had below basic or basic health literacy. Oct 08, 2013 · American adults have low (and declining) reading proficiency Books for adults on display at the Frankfurt International Book Fair. Germany and the U.S. were both ranked below average Author: Hector Tobar.
The 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy is a nationally representative assessment of English literacy among American adults age 16 and older. Sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), NAAL is the nation's most comprehensive measure of adult literacy since the 1992 National Adult Literacy Survey (NALS). According to a study by the U.S. Department of Education, 32 million adults in the U.S. can't read. The current literacy rate isn't any better than it was 10 years ago. According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (completed most recently in 2003, and before that, in 1992), 14 percent of adult Americans demonstrated a "below basic" literacy level in 2003, and 29 percent exhibited a "basic" .
Jan 28, 2016 · The average reading level is at the fourth grade level. Adults were scored on "five levels of difficulty in prose, document and numeracy literacy. In 2003, only 8% of the population aged 16 to 65 in Norway fell into the lowest skill level, level 1; the highest percentage was 47% in Italy. The United States was third highest at 20% in 2003.