numbers tell the story...
U.S. Facts - Adults over 16
14% read at or
below a fifth grade level.
29% only read at the eighth grade level.
Among those with the lowest literacy rates, 43% live in poverty.
75% of state prison inmates and 59% of federal prison inmates did not complete high school
or can be classified as low literate.
Low literacy adds an estimated $230 billion to the country's annual health care costs.
effects of low literacy cost the U.S. more than $225 billion each year in non-productivity
in the workforce tax revenue due to unemployment.