Target Population for Adult Literacy Services
The population targeted for adult literacy services through the federal Adult Education and Family Literacy Act in Colorado are those who:
- Are age 16 or older AND
- Are not enrolled or required to be enrolled in secondary school AND
- Lack sufficient mastery of basic educational skills to
function effectively in society;
OR do not have a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent;
OR are unable to speak, read, or write the English language
Demonstrating the need for adult literacy services in the state, region, county, school district, or metropolitan area is often based at least partially on Census data that addresses educational attainment, age, employment status, income/poverty status, and English speaking ability. These factors can be used as indicators of need.
- Regional Profiles of the Adult Education Target Population: Area 4: West (PDF)
- State Profiles of the Adult Education Target Population: Colorado (PDF)
- The two documents above are extracted from Profiles of the Adult Education Target Population: Information from the 2000 Census, April 2004. Center for Research in Education, RTI International. (389 pages) (PDF)
- Colorado Family and Adult Literacy Indicators
This report contains data from the 2000 U.S. Census about Population, English-Language Ability, Educational Attainment, Labor Force Participation, Poverty Status, and Public Assistance for the state of Colorado as whole, each county, and the six Districts that existed when the 2000 census was taken.
Colorado Family and Adult Literacy Indicators
- Synthetic Estimates of Adult Literacy Proficiency
Synthetic estimation uses statistical models to combine information from different data sources to estimate information not available in any one source by itself. The synthetic estimates of adult literacy proficiency presented here combine information from the 1992 National Adult Literacy Survey (NALS) and the 1990 U.S. Census to estimate adult literacy proficiencies in geographical areas not adequately sampled by NALS. Colorado information is available here for the entire state, county, city, and congressional district.
Synthetic Estimates of Adult Literacy Proficiency
Search for Colorado info in the Synthetic Estimates database
Go to the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy Web site
- For more sources of adult literacy data, see the Colorado Literacy Research Initiative's Adult Literacy Resources: Online Data and Publications
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