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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Worthless data
CNN is reporting on the most recent National Assessment of Adult Literacy survey and gives us the headline that "1 in 20 U.S. adults not literate in English".

Now I hate the NAAL study because like all national educational surveys it is totally useless. By averaging everyone in the country into an aggregate set, they create a data pool of no value whatsoever. After all, education is a local issue. Who gives a damn about the national literacy rate.

Anyway, I only know of one study of state-by-state evaluation of literacy, and it's from a researcher who had access to the NAAL raw data. The data is old (it's from 1997) and illiteracy means inability to read English, so it overrepresents states with larger hispanic populations since they may be perfectly literate, just not in English. I took his data and made one of my maps. This is adult literacy, the bottom 13 states. The states with the lowest levels of adult literacy are Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, South Carolina and Arkansas, take a look.



Now if the NAAL did this, the information might be of actual interest to the public, because we could actually see where the problem is, rather than just saying the literacy rate in the entire country is low. It's not low, except in the Southern red states, big surprise. (California and Texas are probably don't belong due to their high immigrant populations).

Source, Stephen Reder, Synthetic Estimates of Literacy Proficiency for Small Census Areas, Prepared for the Division of Adult Education and Literacy Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education, revised for internet publication 1997.

9 Comments:

Anonymous said...

You've done some very interesting work here and it's all very funny.

12:02 AM, June 22, 2006

 
Anonymous said...

"California and Texas are probably don't belong..."

Charming error in light of this particular topic. I might add Florida to this list, because Miami has to be it's most populated city, no? Then again, I have traveled across the northern half, and did see some of the population which clearly fits with the rest of the the states listed...

1:55 PM, June 22, 2006

 
Anonymous said...

"it's"

Then I made my own grammatical error!
I simply adore irony.

1:57 PM, June 22, 2006

 
Gavin said...

Was "it's" the error you were referring to? It's is a contraction, short for "it is", and was the correct word to use. Perhaps you were referring to "C and T are probably don't belong" but it seems unlikely since that appears as a qutation and also because the "it's" headline would then make no sense. Anyway, you're not as bad as you think. Love the site BTW.

10:45 PM, June 22, 2006

 
Rev. Dr. said...

I still don't think Florida is wrongly included, I don't think their immigration levels are nearly on the level as the states sharing a border with Mexico. Practicly the entire population of Cuba pours over the border every year.

10:31 AM, June 23, 2006

 
Trent Lott said...

There is a reason that literacy tests were ruled racially biased; Black people could not read then, and they still can't read today.

3:37 PM, September 22, 2006

 
Karan Kapoor said...

Hi,
How are you doing?

I believe, education acts as a refuge in adversity; it empowers the people and is a tool, which breaks the chains that resist a nation’s development. Don’t you? Well, quite unpleasant to know but the fact is that 30% of the world’s illiterates come from our country, India. Now, undoubtedly this is the biggest weakness in the development of our country.

Illiteracy has proven itself as a major handicap here and everywhere and as you know lack of education has many disadvantages in every aspect of it. Most of the voters here (in India) are illiterate too and so the nation often ends up with a government being made out of a mistake. Evidently, illiteracy dominates India.

I would appeal to all to help eradicate illiteracy as it sets big drawbacks to our society and will pull our country back; no matter how hard the we try. Connect with me to kill illiteracy in India to make it a 100% literate country at http://www.jantaraj.com/sapankumar/defaultpet.asp?pid=106

Many people here live below the poverty line and thus can’t afford to educate their children. And as always, the funds raised by our Government for the same, exhausts’ before reaching the right place and people. Well, as usual it finds its way into some corrupts’ pockets.

I think, education up to standard X must be made mandatory by the government and particularly free education must be provided to the poor. Now, we all know, the future of a nation is molded and chiseled by its youth and the student of today is the future of tomorrow. Therefore, to secure a bright future for India – The youth of today must be empowered by giving the essential education - only then will they be able to create a secular, civilized and developed India in the future.


Thanks & Regards,
Karan K.

6:07 AM, January 12, 2007

 
Karan kapoor said...

Hi,
How are you doing?

I believe, education acts as a refuge in adversity; it empowers the people and is a tool, which breaks the chains that resist a nation’s development. Don’t you? Well, quite unpleasant to know but the fact is that 30% of the world’s illiterates come from our country, India. Now, undoubtedly this is the biggest weakness in the development of our country.

Illiteracy has proven itself as a major handicap here and everywhere and as you know lack of education has many disadvantages in every aspect of it. Most of the voters here (in India) are illiterate too and so the nation often ends up with a government being made out of a mistake. Evidently, illiteracy dominates India.

I would appeal to all to help eradicate illiteracy as it sets big drawbacks to our society and will pull our country back; no matter how hard the we try. Connect with me to kill illiteracy in India to make it a 100% literate country at http://www.jantaraj.com/sapankumar/defaultpet.asp?pid=106

Many people here live below the poverty line and thus can’t afford to educate their children. And as always, the funds raised by our Government for the same, exhausts’ before reaching the right place and people. Well, as usual it finds its way into some corrupts’ pockets.

I think, education up to standard X must be made mandatory by the government and particularly free education must be provided to the poor. Now, we all know, the future of a nation is molded and chiseled by its youth and the student of today is the future of tomorrow. Therefore, to secure a bright future for India – The youth of today must be empowered by giving the essential education - only then will they be able to create a secular, civilized and developed India in the future.


Thanks & Regards,
Karan K.

6:08 AM, January 12, 2007

 
Anonymous said...

You dolt. "it's" was wrong because of this: "I might add Florida to this list, because Miami has to be it's most populated city, no?"

"its" would be the proper word to use because it is referring to the proper noun, Florida. "its" (yes, without an apostrophe) is correct. "Its" is a possessive pronoun.

I know this is old, but cripes someone has to tell you.

P.S. "it's" can also mean "it has"

9:28 AM, May 21, 2007

 

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