U.S. Adult Literacy Facts


                                                     U.S. ADULT LITERACY FACTS
More than 36 Million adults in the United States cannot read, write, or do basic math above a third grade level.  68% of programs are struggling with long student waiting lists, and less than 10 percent of adults in need are receiving services.
Children whose parents have low literacy levels have a 72% 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.1
ONE in SIX young adults—more than 1.2 million—drop out of high school every year.4
ELL(English Language Learners)
2 million immigrants come to the U.S. each year, and about 50% of them lack high school education and proficient English language skills.7
Low literacy costs the U.S. $225 Billion or more each year in non-productivity in the workforce, crime, and loss of tax revenue due to unemployment.3
43 % of adults with the lowestliteracy levels live in poverty.4
$232 Billion a year in health care costs is linked to low adult literacy skills.2
75% of state prison inmates did not complete high school or can be classified as low literate.6
*Sources: 1 National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)2 American Journal of Public Health3 National Council for Adult Learning4 National Center for Education Statistics5 U.S. Department of Justice6 Rand Report: Evaluating the Eectiveness of Correctional Education7 Center for Immigration Studies