- In 2022 only 33% of 4th graders and 31% of 8th graders are at or above proficiency in reading.
- Over 50% of adults struggle to read a book written at a 6th-grade level.
- Due to the pandemic, students in 2nd and 3rd grade are now 30% behind from a typical year.
- 2nd and 3rd graders are now 30% behind compared to previous years.
- In 2020, 28% of kindergarten students were "at a great risk for not learning to read." In 2021, that number increased to 47%.
- 40% of 1st graders are "significantly behind in literacy skills" and "will need intensive intervention to prevent them from ending the year below grade level."
- 85% of juveniles in the U.S. court system are illiterate.
You Are Not Alone, The Literacy Crisis Affects All of Us
Forty-three million Americans have low literacy skills and many others know someone who struggles with reading. Now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students are struggling to read more than ever.
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8th Grade Reading Proficiency Rates by State 2022
The 2022 NAEP Scores show that there was a nationwide decline in literacy scores.
The literacy crisis is a tragedy that has been affecting our country since we began measuring the data. Devastatingly, this is still happening during a time in history when jobs are increasingly technical, and the need for highly skilled workers is continually rising.
Illiteracy Impacts Every Aspect of Our Society
Illiteracy impacts millions of people daily and is connected to almost every socio-economic issue in the United States. It affects physical and mental health, employment opportunities and quality of life. It impacts our classrooms, our workforce, our sense of community and belonging.
Reading is Crucial. Fundamental. Necessary.
Yet, 130 million American adults read below the 6th-grade level. The lack of access to resources, knowledge and tools has created an epidemic that has been overlooked for many years.
Together we can reverse the literacy crisis facing America today.
Researchers have demonstrated that virtually all children can learn to read when using methods based on the Science of Reading. We believe everyone should have access to accurate phonograms and spelling rules, which are the key to decoding and spelling.
In 2000, the National Reading Panel reviewed over 100,000 studies and came to the conclusion that there are five essential skills to teach reading: phonemic awareness, systematic phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. If these skills are incorporated into our language arts programs, our students will learn to read and write.
Discover the 5 Essential Skills of Reading »
Teaching letter-sound correspondences is the fastest way to develop the neural pathways associated with skilled reading.
Learn more about How the Brain Learns to Read.
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