||Document Literacy *
|Source: I. Kirsch and A Jungeblut.
(1986a) Literacy: Profiles of America's Young Adults. Princeton, NJ:
Educational Testing Service, National Assessment of Educational Progress.
* This item was also used in the 1992 National
Adult Literacy Survey (NALS).
This Document literacy item has a task
difficulty of 21 1. Therefore, people must possess a skill level of 211 to have
an 80% probability of being able to perform this task. The data for this task
indicates that people with a skill level of 150 have a 60% probability of being
able to perform the task, while those with a skill level of 300 have a 94%
probability of being able to perform the task. It is instructive to compare
this task to Guy Buswell's Price List test (page 44) of 1937.
This comparison shows that the concept of the types
of literacy tasks that adults are expected to perform has not changed
completely in the last half century.