America’s literacy rate ranks 22nd in the world. That rate however, is approximate due to the fact that rates are measured differently from one country to the next. Methods and calculations used can vary even within the same country. No matter how these rates may vary however, there seems to be no debate that it is a crisis. These statistics are heartbreaking, especially when I remember how much my own son enjoyed reading as a child. It is still a big part of his life today and he has passed his interest and ability in reading onto his own children.” -Dani Lynn, Author
Finland, Greenland and Luxembourg rank 100%. The U.S. ranks behind a number of others including Cuba, Russia and Poland.
“Low levels of literacy, and education in general, can impede the economic development of a country in the current rapidly changing, technology-driven world.”
“The NAAL (National Assessment of Adult Literacy) administered tests which revealed that an estimated 14% of US residents would have extreme difficulty with reading and written comprehension. These people can legally be defined as illiterate.”
“Reading is a skill that holds profound importance in the lives of children. Learning to read well is vital for children’s success in school… Early literacy starts with parents and other caregivers that begin preparing a child to read from the day that child is born.”
According to UNICEF, nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names and two thirds of them were women. — “Two-thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare. The 4th grade is a watershed year. We can predict that if a child is not reading proficiently in the 4th grade, he or she will have approximately a 78% chance of not catching up.”
America’s Literacy Directory: LINCS/ Find a program in your area.