National Data | Chart | The Stupid American?-Part 2: For Hispanics, Spanglish is Killing English Literacy
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Table 1:

Average Literacy Scores of Adults

by Race/Ethnicity, 1992-2003

 

 

 

 

Race/ethnicity

1992

2003

% Change

 

Prose Literacy

White

287

288

0.4%

Black

237

243

2.8%

Hispanic

234

216

-7.4%

Asian/Pacific Islander

255

271

6.2%

 

Document Literacy

White

281

282

0.3%

Black

230

238

3.5%

Hispanic

238

224

-6.0%

Asian/Pacific Islander

259

272

5.1%

 

Quantitative Literacy

White

288

297

3.1%

Black

222

238

7.3%

Hispanic

233

233

-0.3%

Asian/Pacific Islander

268

285

6.1%

 

 

 

 

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, "A First Look at Literacy of America's Adults in the 21st Century," December 2005.

 

Table 2:

Percent of Adults With Below Basic

 Literacy Levels, 1992-2003

Race/ethnicity

1992

2003

% point change

 

Prose Literacy

White

9

7

-2

Black

30

24

-6

Hispanic

35

44

9

Asian/Pacific Islander

25

14

-14

 

Document Literacy

White

10

8

-2

Black

31

24

-7

Hispanic

28

36

12

Asian/Pacific Islander

19

11

-8

 

Quantitative Literacy

White

19

13

-6

Black

57

47

-10

Hispanic

50

50

0

Asian/Pacific Islander

31

19

-12

 

 

 

 

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, "A First Look at Literacy of America's Adults in the 21st Century," December 2005. Page 9.

 

Edwin S. Rubenstein (email him) is President of ESR Research Economic Consultants in Indianapolis.