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Policymakers Should Strengthen Efforts to Improve Adult Literacy


A new report from the National Research Council recommends that federal and state policymakers strengthen efforts to improve adult literacy in the U.S.  Teaching, materials, and assessments should be consistent with available research on effective instructional approaches, the report says.  It notes that the most recent national survey of adult literacy found that more than 90 million adults in the United States are estimated to lack the literacy skills needed for negotiating many aspects of modern life.