Literacy Facts

Claire Gonye, a rising senior at the Charter School of Wilmington, has been a Success Won't Wait volunteer since she was in kindergarten!
Claire Gonye has been a Success Won’t Wait volunteer since she was in kindergarten!
  1. According to the National Literacy Directory, “Fourteen percent of the employed population have low literacy skills.”
  2. The DoSomething Organization says, “2/3 of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare. Over 70% of America’s inmates cannot read above a 4th grade level.”
  3. The shares of American 9- and 13-year-olds who say they read for fun on an almost daily basis have dropped from nearly a decade ago and are at the lowest levels since at least the mid-1980s, according to a survey conducted in late 2019 and early 2020 by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).
  4.  According to the US Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy, “21% of US adults read below the 5th grade level. And, 19% of high school graduates can not read.”
  5. “Children whose parents have low literacy levels have a 72 percent chance of being at the lowest reading levels themselves. These children are more likely to get poor grades, display behavioral problems, have high absentee rates, repeat school years, or drop out,” National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

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