Series # :
  ETAOP 2010-15
Title :
  Building Career Ladders for the Working Poor Through Literacy Training
Release Date :
  December 28, 2010
Abstract :

The report, Building Career Ladders for the Working Poor Through Literacy Training, uses the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) data to compare the working poor with other workers to determine how they differ.  The report found that the greatest distinction between the working poor and other workers is their literacy levels.  The NAAL data show that the working poor, on average, fall below the general population in their literacy proficiency.  There are sufficient data to suggest that literacy changes, even modest ones, can be critical links between minimally valued jobs held by the working poor and jobs in high-growth occupations. 

Other reports developed using the 2003 NAAL data include:

ETAOP 2010-11 Overcoming the Language Barrier: The Literacy of Non-Native-English-Speaking Adults
ETAOP 2010-12 Preparing Youth for the Future: The Literacy of America's Young Adults
ETAOP 2010-13 Gaining the Skills for Employment: The Literacy of Female Public Assistance Recipients
ETAOP 2010-14 Preparing for Life Beyond Prison Walls: The Literacy of Incarcerated Adults Near Release
ETAOP 2010-16 Workers in Declining Industries:  Literacy’s Role in Worker Transitions
ETAOP 2010-17

Survival Literacy Training for Non-Native-English-Speaking Workers



Publication Author(s)
American Institutes for Research
  • Norris Dwayne
  • Jin Ying
  • Lee Bruno
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