Providers and policy makers in the social service and education communities have long recognized the value of adult literacy as a driver for social mobility and equity. They have seen the substantive and wide-ranging impact of being able to read, write and speak English, on everything from qualifying for a good job to the ability to advocate for one’s children at school. The Adult Literacy Data Center (ALDC), a project of the Literacy Assistance Center, plans to be a source for easily accessible data about populations that the adult literacy community serves.
In April 2021, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) released a series of fact sheets on immigrant parents, highlighting the unique obstacles they face in supporting their children’s education while integrating into American communities. They also posted cross tabulations for the 50 most populous counties in the US. The LAC reviewed the data for four New York City (NYC) counties including Bronx, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan) and Queens and presents some key findings below.
Educational Attainment Release by Census Bureau
On April 21, 2021, Today the U.S. Census Bureau released findings from the Educational Attainment in the United States: 2020 table package. This table package uses statistics from the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement to examine the educational attainment of adults age 25 and older by demographic and social characteristics such as age, sex, race, nativity, industry and occupation. The data were collected prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.