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The 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy is a nationally representative assessment of English literacy among American adults age 16 and older. Sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), NAAL is the nation's most comprehensive measure of adult literacy since the 1992 National Adult Literacy Survey (NALS).

Health Literacy. The 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) is the first large-scale national assessment in the United States to contain a component designed specifically to measure health literacy—the ability to use literacy skills to read and understand written health-related information encountered in everyday life.

This chapter begins with a discussion of the types of literacy demands adults encounter in their daily lives and the reasons for assessing their literacy skills.We then give a brief overview of the National Adult Literacy Survey (NALS) and its successor, the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL).

National Assessment of Adult Literacy/Health Literacy. In 2003, the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics conducted the NAAL. The goal of this national study was to assess the status of English adult literacy in the United States since Cited by: 99.