Are you a practitioner curious about reading selecting reading fluency assessments?

If yes, you may be interested in reading the following article based on work in our Center:

Nightingale, E., Greenberg, D., Branum-Martin, L., & Bakhtiari, D. (2016). Selecting fluency assessments for adult learners. Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 5, 18-29. You can find the article here.

Are you interested in attending a free workshop to learn how to use data from the PIAAC?

Beginning this August, ETS is holding 3-day and 1-day PIAAC trainings in cities throughout the U.S. for anyone who has experience with statistical packages (e.g., SAS, SPSS), with secondary data analysis, and an interest in adult learning, skills, and competencies. Participants who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents will receive assistance to cover housing and per diem during the training. Visit the training website for more information about possible financial assistance. The next training will take place in Chicago, August 30 – September 1. Visit the ETS training website for more information about the program and the most up-to-date schedule. Registration is open and can be completed online.


Mission Statement

CSAL is committed to understanding reading-related characteristics that are critical to helping adult learners reach their reading goals and to developing instructional approaches that are tailored to adult learners’ needs and interests.

CSAL General Overview

Each year, nearly 3 million Americans enroll in adult literacy programs to improve their basic skills, and some estimates suggest the need is even greater. Adults in these programs want to increase their literacy skills to improve aspects of their work, family, social, and civic lives. However, we do not completely understand their underlying reading-related strengths and weaknesses, nor do we know the best curricula and teaching approaches to help them reach their reading goals. The focus of our center is to address these areas by conducting research that will (1) explore individual differences in reading-related abilities and motivations for learning so that we can better tailor instruction to adult learners, (2) design a reading program and an interactive online reading tutor that, can more effectively meet adult learners’ needs, and (3) conduct pilot studies to assess the potential of our instructional programs in helping adults improve their literacy skills. More information is available on our project overview page.


Funding for this Center comes from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), U.S. Department of Education and we are funded through Grant R305C120001 at Georgia State University. Our project officer is Meredith Larson.

Our researchers come from Georgia State UniversityUniversity of Toronto and The Hospital for Sick ChildrenThe University of Memphis and the Institute for Intelligent Systems, and Brock University.

Our collaborators include the Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics (TIMES) at the University of Houston (for assistance with tests and basic data management) and the American Institutes for Research (AIR) (for assistance with national leadership activities).

Accessibility Policy

The website of the Center for the Study of Adult Literacy strives to provide you with an online platform for gathering information and communicating with the CSAL organization. Our web design follows the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines for Section 508 compliance because we want to make sure all of the information on our site is accessible to all members of our audience. If you are having trouble accessing any content on the site, then you may find a solution on our accessibility assistance and policy page.