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Adult Literacy Linked to Parent Involvement

By Jessica L. Tonn — April 05, 2007 1 min read
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Parents with the highest literacy levels are more likely than other parents to be involved in their children’s education, according to a report on adult literacy by the National Center for Education Statistics.

The survey of more than 19,000 people over the age of 16 found that 40 percent of parents with the highest literacy level participated in their children’s education by volunteering at school, going to a meeting at school, speaking individually with a teacher about a child’s progress, and sending food or other items to share in the classroom. By comparison, roughly a quarter of parents with the lowest literacy level reported having taken part in the same four activities.

“Literacy in Everyday Life: Results From the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy” is available from the National Center for Education Statistics.

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A version of this article appeared in the April 11, 2007 edition of Education Week

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