Category Archives: National Statistics

Success in Teaching Reading the Mississippi Way – Emphasis on Phonics, Decoding, & Comprehension Leads to No. 1 Ranking

Logo of Mississippi Higher Education Literacy CouncilResources on the Mississippi Higher Education Literacy Council emphasize Phonological Awareness, the Alphabetic Principle, Decoding,Vocabulary Comprehension, Writing Instruction, Assessment, Intervention, and more. (Click on Science of Reading Syllabus.)

Image of Mississippi score gains 2019According to an opinion column from the New York Times, “The states’s reliance on cognitive science explains why…” fourth- and eighth-grade achievement in reading and math show that Mississippi now ranks No. 1 in Nation for Score Gains on National Assessment of Educational Progress. which means that it made more progress in these categories than any other state.

Read the full New York Times opinion article, There is a Right Way to Teach Reading, and Mississippi Knows It,  by Emily Hanford, December 5, 2019. Downloaded Dec 6, 2019.

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From Adult Learning Spotlight: Powerful Learning, November 2019

Powerful Learning

People exchanging informationMeet The Low Wage Workforce

“Fifty-three million Americans – 44% of all workers aged 18-64 – have low-wage jobs, according to “Meet The Low Wage Workforce,” a new report from the Brookings Institute. These workers earn median hourly wages of $10.22 and median annual earnings of $17,950. The common thread in the report’s recommendations are “policies and programs to support low-wage workers advance to higher wage and greater financial stability should address both sides of the labor market: the assets and circumstances of workers and the number and nature of available jobs.”

Other articles in the November, 2019 edition:

The National Report Card on Adult Financial Literacy

The 2016 Report: Adult Financial Literacy published by Champlain College in Burlington, VT, grades each state on its financial literacy. You can click on your state online to find a final grade and report card.

Financial Literacy US

Image of a clickable map on the Champlain College website.

Financial Literacy Grade

This second image is of the grades given to the state of Virginia. One wonders if the researchers divided the state into the rural horseshoe regions, where adult literacy statistics place those regions at the bottom 5 of our states, and into northern-central-Hampton Roads/Virginia Beach areas of the state, if the grades would change significantly.

Click on this link to enter the web page on the National Report Card on Adult Financial Literacy at Champlain College.

On this page find:

  • The Case for Financial Literacy
  • Methodology
  • State Final Grades: Population and State Percentage
  • In the Media

If you have questions, you can get in touch with

On this page you can also download two resources:

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Adult English Literacy in the United States – NCES Data Point

Of the 43 million adults in the U.S. with low English literacy skills, two-thirds of them were born in the U.S.” — National Center for Education Statistics Data Point. (Download the full 2019 document at the above link.)

Infographic of the number of adults with low English literacy skills

U.S.-Born adults make up the largest percentage of those with low English literacy skills

The Data Point was written by AIR, using data from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies. It only considered literacy in the English language, not adults’ overall literacy.

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“More Unprepared Than We Thought: Adult educational attainment,” an SREB Fact Sheet

“Low-skilled workers are being left behind as technology shifts the workforce toward the middle-skills level. Educators and policymakers will need to reach these adults with education and training to fill plentiful, well-paying middle-skill jobs in their states. This [2018] fact sheet summarizes trends and state policy concerns.” – SREB (Southern Regional Education Board), November 2018

2018 Funding for WIOA programs

FY 2018 omnibus released, increases funding for key workforce, education programs [in the U.S.], March  22,  2018,  by Kermit Kaqleba, Katie Spiker, and Katie Brown, National Skills Coalition.

Congressional leaders last night released final text for an omnibus spending package (click on this link to that is expected to finalize Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 appropriations for most federal programs. The $1.3 trillion omnibus reflects the increased spending levels for both defense and non-defense programs agreed to as part of recent legislation lifting the budget “caps” for federal discretionary spending, and includes some critical boosts in funding for key education and workforce development programs…

Importantly, the omnibus rejects many of the proposed cuts to workforce and education programs that were included in President Trump’s FY 2018 budget request, and sends a clear signal about the bipartisan support for investments in skills as the economy grows.

  Click here to read the rest of the article.

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Math Scores Add Up for Hispanic Students

math stats upMath Scores Add Up for Hispanic Students: States and School Districts Notable for Recent Gains by Hispanic Students in Mathematics – This report shows significant gains in math achievement by Hispanic fourth- and eighth-graders across the nation—the equivalent of one grade level in the last ten years (2003-3013). Using data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, Child Trends reviewed and compared fourth and eighth grade math scores in the nation, states, large cities, and select school districts. – Read more at this link.

First Results from the Survey of Adult Skills: PIAAC 2013

Skills-(vol-1 ENG)--Front-cover-for-web-(130x174px)This first OECD Skills Outlook presents the initial results of the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), which evaluates the skills of adults in 24 countries. It provides insights into the availability of some of the key skills and how they are used at work and at home. A major component is the direct assessment of key information-processing skills: literacy, numeracy and problem solving in the context of technology-rich environments. The summary starts on page 11 of this PDF document.


The Condition of Education, Yearly Reports from the NCES

Read the NCES reports on the Condition of Education from



Adult Education Fact Sheet: A Good Investment

The National Coalition for Literacy, an advocacy group for adult education and literacy programs, has published a fact sheet outlining the economic benefits of adult education services. Click here for the PDF document. Education

Education Data Community

This web site serves as a central guide for education data resources including high-value data sets, data visualization tools, resources for the classroom, applications created from open data and more. These datasets have been gathered from various agencies to provide detailed information on the state of education on all levels, from cradle to career and beyond. Check back frequently because the site will be updated as more datasets and tools become available. Click here for Education Data and Tools.

2007 Fact Sheet from ProLiteracy America

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This 2007 fact sheet includes quick facts and statistics about adult literacy from Proliteracy America.

Taken altogether, the NAAL report indicated that up to 93 million adults in the U.S. would benefit from additional literacy instruction.

Adult Learning in Focus: National and State by State Data

adult-learningAdult Learning in Focus: National and State-by-State Data

State policymakers care now, perhaps more than ever before, about the educational attainment of their states’ working populations. They also care about the responsiveness of educational systems in their states to the needs of adult learners. But relatively few have the data they need to understand how their states are doing in developing and educating its citizens.

In Adult Learning in Focus: National and State-by-State Data, CAEL has teamed with the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) to provide states with the information needed to assess state performance on adult learning and identify where to direct future strategies.

Pdf of full report

This comprehensive report contains national and state-by-state data on adult learning. Included are data and comparative charts on adult educational attainment, adult learning participation, affordability, accessibility and aspiration. Also discussed are data gaps that need to be addressed and next steps for state education leaders.


Overcoming the Crisis in Our Nation’s Workforce

DVD’s Available of the Report: Reach Higher America: Overcoming Crisis in the U.S. Workforce

The National Commission on Adult Literacy’s recently published report, Reach Higher, AMERICA: Overcoming Crisis in the U.S. Workforce, calls for a dramatically revamped service system with the capacity to effectively serve 20 million adults annually by the year 2020. It also calls for resetting the educational mission of this new system to demonstrated readiness for postsecondary education and job training.

The panel presentation and Q&A are now available in 5 short DVD segments from the Commission’s website: Go to the Get Reports page and scroll to the bottom for the link. You will be able to view the segments on both PC and Mac platforms with current Flash or QuickTime players.

Note that the full DVD can also be purchased from CAAL for a nominal sum (contact for instructions and cost).