Literacy Facts

The Price of Illiteracy is Staggering
     by Voyager Expanded Learning

Scribed by Kathy O'Neal

*The first educational law passed in Colonial America extracted a fine on the parents of children who could not read.

*Research from the Department of Education and the National Institute of child Health and Human Development establishes that all but 2 to 5% of children attending America's public schools can become successful readers if taught appropriately.

*Almost 70% or two out of three fourth graders in the U.S. cannot read at grade level.

*Average reading scores for 9-year-old public school students are lower today than they were 20 years ago.

*70% of prison inmates are functionally illiterate.

*70% of all Americans arrested each year are illiterate.

*75% of unemployed adults are illiterate.

*75% of school dropouts are illiterate.

*85% of juvenile offenders are illiterate.

*86% of unwed teenage mothers are illiterate.

*Illiteracy cost the U.S. more than $225 billion a year in lost productivity.

*Some states now base their projections for future prison construction, in part, on the number of second graders who are not reading at grade level.

*Statistics show that 80%-90% of children in public schools who are unable to read by the end of first grade will never learn to read.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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