Do You Know the Facts About Literacy? (answers)

1. According to the estimates by the United States Department of Labor, literacy problems cost the United States businesses about $225 billion a year in lost productivity.

2. 50% of American adults are unable to read a book at the eight-grade level. (Jonathan Kozol, Illiterate America, United Nations)

3. Ohio Governor, Bob Taft, officially designated September 2001, as "Ohio Adult Literacy Month".

4. A high school dropout has less than a 1 in 3 chance of finding a job. (Scholastic update, January 14, 1994).

5. $5 billion a year in taxes goes to support people receiving public assistance that are unemployable due to illiteracy. (Laubach Literacy Action)

6. The 1991 Adult Literacy Act, defines literacy as "An individuals ability to read, write and speak in English, and compute and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job and in society, to achieve one's goals and develop one's knowledge and potential."

7. 2.2 million people each year (44,000 people each week) are added to the adult illiterate population in the Untied States. (U.S. Department of Education)

8. The cost of illiteracy to businesses and taxpayers is estimated at $20 billion annually. (Illiteracy: A National Crisis, United Way of America)

9. In Ohio, 24% of all people over the age of 18 do not have their high school diplomas. (Ohio's Future at Work)

10. An estimated 5 million adults holding jobs are considered functionally illiterate. (Nation's Business)

11. Functional illiteracy is defined as a person who can read between a fourth-grade and sixth grade level.

12. 13% of all 17 year olds are functionally illiterate. (National Commission on Excellence in Education)

13. According to the National Adult Literacy Survey, approximately 44 million people in the United States cannot read well enough to fill out an application, read a food label, or read a simple story to a child.

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