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Reading Assessment -- Omit Skip Pattern [message #1956] Fri, 11 April 2014 10:32
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Registered: April 2014
The DHS reading assessment (v155) provides valuable data on adults' literacy skills. However, the data are limited by the exclusion of all secondary-educated adults. That is, the DHS automatically classifies all secondary-educated individuals as being able to read. The only country where this is not the case is Ghana. The Ghana data offer a glimpse into the problem with the current skip pattern: approximately 60% of secondary-educated women can fully read (v155==2) in Ghana. This means that the standard skip pattern would have misclassified 40% of Ghanaian women as being able to read when, in fact, they can't. Expanding the administration of the reading assessment to all individuals--regardless of educational attainment--is unlikely to require significant time or financial resources. These minor adjustments will, however, help to advance the literature on literacy and demographic and health processes in meaningful ways.
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