Literacy Rates - Nationwide
- Created: Wednesday, 13 April 2011 23:03
- Written by Denise Eide
The following graphs represent literacy rates in the United States. Notice that in fourth grade only one third of students read well, leaving one third struggling, and the remaining third functionally illiterate. By eighth grade some of the students who were illiterate in fourth grade have become struggling readers, but notice that the percentage of students reading well has dropped slightly. In order to understand the final graph it is necessary to understand the tasks required at the given levels of literacy. To find our more information see http://nces.ed.gov/pubs93/93275.pdf. The devastating reality that only 3% of adults read at the highest level of proficiency means that only 3% of adults are able to read and comprehend the required documents of participating on a jury. The consequences of failing to teach children to read are felt at all levels of a democratic society. Take Action in ensuring that every child learns to read by third grade!