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Fast Facts on Literacy


  • More than 20 percent of adults read at or below a fifth-grade level -- far below...The National Adult Literacy Survey found that over 40...have significant literacy needs.
  • The National Literacy Act defines literacy as "an individual's ability to compute and solve problems at levels of proficiency neccessary to fundamentally achieve one's goals, and develop one's knowledge and potential."

    Literacy & Children

  • As the education level of adults improves, so does their children's success...adults improve their basic skills has a direct and measurable impact on the life of their children.
  • Children of adults who participate in literacy programs improve their grades...their reading skills, and are less likely to drop out.

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