Mar 05, 2018 · 75 percent of state prison inmates did not complete high school or can be classified as low literate. — American Journal of Public Health; Illiteracy keeps people trapped in a cycle of poverty and subjugation, limiting life choices and making it difficult to achieve social mobility. Literacy truly is power—power over one’s own life.
Oct 03, 2013 · As of 2009, the Department of Education reported that literacy rates for more than 50 percent of African American children in the fourth grade nationwide was below the basic skills level and far below average; and by the ninth grade nationwide, the situation had gotten worse, with the rate dropping below 44 percent.
The 2003 NAAL produced the first national assessment of health literacy. 77 Million Adults Have Basic or Below Basic Health Literacy As shown in Figure 1, only 12 percent of U.S. adults had proficient health literacy. More than a third of adults were in the basic (47 million) and below basic (30 .