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Literacy

A Guide to Selected Government Information Available at WIU's Government Publications Library


Web version of this guide includes links to web resources.


Federal Government Information

Engaging Adults in Literacy Programs at Neighborhood Networks Centers

This booklet assists in designing and implementing literacy programs by outlining the challenges adult learners face. 1999
HH 13.16/4:L 71

Reading Helpers: A Handbook for Training Tutors

This handbook is designed to train tutors of children up to the third grade by presenting useful training sessions, tools, and strategies. 1999
Y 3. N 21/29:8 T 88

Adult Literacy in OECD Countries: Technical Report on the First International Adult Literacy Survey

Representative samples of adults aged 16 to 35 were tested in Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U. S. This report presents all available methodology and evidences of potential bias in each country's data.1998
ED 1.302:L 71/6

Literacy, It's a Whole New World

This kit offers fact sheets, profiles of successful literacy programs, a list of national literacy organizations, and a summary of current, debated literacy issues. 1997
Y 3.L 71: 2 L71/2/KIT

The Condition of Education 1999

This webpage of the National Center for Education Statistics provides literacy statistics, including international comparisons and U.S. literacy by age and sex. 1999
ED 1.109:999 at Gov. Pubs. desk

Adult Literacy Programs Endangered: New Center for the Book Report Released

A study found literacy programs to be declining. Nineteen ways to increase these programs in libraries are given. 1996
Library of Congress Information Bulletin. Vol. 55, No. 15 September 16, 1996 pp. 319-320.
LC 1.18: 55/15

Adult Education and Family Literacy Reform Act

A hearing discussing government policy on literacy and family literacy programs and providing information on federal aid to adult education. 1995
Y4.L 11/4: S. HRG.104-79

Literacy of Older Adults in America: Results from the National Adult Literacy Survey

This study provides statistics of literacy in the older population and the subgroups of the population. It also discusses employment and economic status as they relate to literacy. 1997
ED 1.302: L 71/5

Equipped for the Future: A Reform Agenda for Adult Literacy and Life-Long Learning

This publication by the National Institute for Literacy discusses the goals and method of a plan to equip Americans for the future, regarding literacy. Six steps to place the plan into action are identified. 1997
Y 3.L 71: 2 EQ 5/2

Labor Market Outcomes of Literacy and Education

This website of the National Center for Education Statistics provides the average earnings of males and females at each reading proficiency level. 1996

Reading Assessment for the National Educational Assessment Progress, 1992-1998: NEAP Reading Consensus Project

Assessment of student literacy is examined in this booklet, including both old and new ways of measuring reading proficiency. 1996
ED 1.2: R 22/6/992-8

Hearings on the Adult Education and the National Literacy Act

A hearing including testimony supporting adult education programs, literacy training, and library programs. 1995
Y4.ED 8/1: 104-75

Reading Literacy in the United States: Findings from the IEA

The Office of Educational Research and Improvement compares the literacy of American students to those in other countries. Also explores literacy of children in relation to family, community and school influences. 1996
ED 1.302: R 22/10

Hearings on Reform of the Major Federal Job Training, Adult Education, and Literacy Programs

The reform of the United States' job training programs will include a comprehensive system of adult education, including literacy programs. 1997
Y4.ED 8/1: 105-4

President's and Secretary's Priorities

Part of the United States Department of Education homepage discusses President Clinton's Call to Action, a program for better education. Point 1 of the Call includes programs, incentives and a budget allowance to promote student literacy. 1998

Overview of Adult Education

This hearing examines adult education, the need to provide people with basic oral and written literacy skills, literacy as it impacts the economy, and literacy statistics. 1997
Y4.L 11/4: S. HRG. 105-80

National Evaluation of the Even Start Family Literacy Program: Final Report, Executive Summary

A look at the Even Start Program, including its purpose, costs, clients, and effects. 1995
ED 1.2: EV 1/5/EXEC.SUM

"Some Classroom Strategies: Developing Critical Literacy Awareness"

A description of strategies at all reading levels for the development of student critical reading awareness and critical thinking ability.
English Teaching Forum. July 1997 Vol. 35 No. 3 pp. 24-29
IA 1.17: 35/3

lllinois Government Information

Illinois Literacy

This periodical provides recent coverage of the topic of literacy in Illinois, including articles, statistics and websites to visit within various issues. 1997-1998
ILLINOIS.374.0144 PASS 2

The NETWORK: Illinois Network of Literacy and adult education

The NETWORK's purpose is to provide literacy and adult education. This publication discusses the NETWORK and provides an organizational chart of Illinois resources. 1995
ILLINOIS.374.012 NETW

Guide to the Secretary of State Literacy Effort

This directory provides contact information and education on Illinois' five literacy grant programs. Community, workplace, and family programs throughout the state are listed and overall facts about literacy in Illinois are given. 1999
ILLINOIS 374.012 ILLI 2 1999

Legal Information

Reading Excellence Act

This Act was created to improve literacy rates for elementary school children and their families by providing Department of Education grants for programs. 1997
Y1.1/8: 105-348

Employment, Training, and Literacy Enhancement Act

This Act redesignates the Adult Education Act as the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act and was created to improve literacy programs. 1997
Y1.1/8: 105-93


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