Seeks to describe the background characteristics and literacy levels of youth, focusing particular attention on high school dropouts.
In the report, Preparing Youth for the Future: The Literacy of America’s Young Adults, the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) data is used to: 1) examine the characteristics and literacy proficiency of America’s young adults ages 16-18 and 19-24, with particular attention to high school drop-outs within these age cohorts; 2) compare the literacy proficiency of young adults with that of older age cohorts and discusses characteristics that are most associated with the low literacy of America’s young adults; and 3) discuss key findings. (Abstractor: Website Staff)

Major Findings & Recommendations

- "More male than female young adults dropped out of high school" (p.6). - "Hispanic and Black young adults were over-represented in the high-school drop-out population, especially among the drop-outs having low prose literacy" (p.6). - "The most frequently held jobs among young adults were in Service and Sales and related industries" (p.6). - "The vast majority (92%) of young adults ages 16-18 had at least some computer literacy. The percentage among adults ages 19-24 was lower (80%)" (p.6). - "Compared with the general young adult population ages 19-24, a higher percentage of the 19-24-year-old drop- outs had children and had received public assistance, but a lower percentage reported voting in the 2000 presidential election" (p.6). - "Young adults who did not have a high school diploma or a GED certificate, lacked computer literacy, and did not speak English before starting school were more likely to have low prose literacy" (p.6). - "Black young adults were nearly twice as likely as White young adults to have Below Basic literacy over Above Basic literacy" (p.6). (Abstractor: Author)