The Educational Testing Services reported that students who do more reading at home are better readers and have higher math scores.
Out-of-school reading habits of students has shown that even 15 minutes a day of independent reading can expose students to more than a million words of text in a year.
46% of American adults cannot understand the label on their prescription medicine.
Students who reported having all four types of reading materials (books, magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias) in their home scored, on average, higher than those who reporter having fewer reading materials.
50 percent of American adults are unable to read an eighth grade level book.
When the State of Arizona projects how many prison beds it will need, it factors in the number of kids who read well in fourth grade.
32% percent of fourth graders read well, 34% test below proficiency, and 34% cannot read. (National Report Card)
69% of our eighth grade students are reading below grade level. 26% percent of 8th graders are functionally illiterate, meaning they do not possess reading and writing skills adequate to function in daily life. (National Report Card)
48% percent of adults are not proficient readers, while 22% are functionally illiterate. (National Report Card)
Only 3% of adults test at the highest level of reading proficiency. (National Report Card)
Only 10% of college graduates read at a high level of proficiency, 15% are below proficient while 4% are functionally illiterate. (National Report Card)
The greatest complaint by employers and educators is that workers are not adequately prepared in basic reading and writing skills. Their complaint reflects the reality that only 17% of working adults are both well educated and proficient in literacy skills.
50% of the chronically unemployed and 60% of inmates are illiterate.
85% of all juveniles in the court system are illiterate.
93 million American adults, or 45% of the adult population, have limited reading, writing, and math skills. (National Assessment of Adult Literacy, 2003)
Illiteracy and crime are closely related. The Department of Justice states, (The link between academic failure and delinquency, violence, and crime is welded to reading failure.) Over 70% of inmates in America's prisons cannot read above a fourth grade level. (www.begintoread.com)
An estimated 11 million adults in the U.S. are non-literate in English. (National Assessment of Adult Literacy, 2003)
The health care industry estimates $73 billion per year of unnecessary health care expenses attributable to poor literacy. (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Statistics, 2004)
43% of adults at Level 1 literacy skills live in poverty compared to only 4% of those at Level 5 (begintoread.com)
Penal institution records show that inmates have a 16% chance of returning to prison if they receive literacy help, as opposed to 70% who receive no help. This equates to taxpayer costs of $25,000 per year per inmate and nearly double that amount for juvenile offenders. (begintoread.com)
Adult low literacy can be connected to almost every socio-economic issue in the United States.
Low health literacy costs between $106 billion and $238 billion each year in the U.S. - 7 to 17 percent of all annual personal health care spending.
Low literacy's effects cost the U.S. $225 billion or more each year in non-productivity in the workforce, crime, and loss of tax revenue due to unemployment. (ProLiteracy)