Literacy and Me

Adult literacy in the US is measured in terms of proficiency levels. Proficiency in reading and writing is defined as having the ability to “function in society and in the economy.” One should be able to “understand and employ printed information in daily activities at home, at work, and in the community.” One should be able “to achieve one’s goals and to develop one’s knowledge and potential” (

Worldwide (in all regions and countries), one out of every four adults fails to meet the minimum proficiency levels ( According to Parent and Teachers Association’s (PTA) national present, James L. Accomando, only 34% of 8th graders in the US are reading at proficient levels. (Our Children: The National PTA Magazine.)  In the United States, 80% of all juveniles in the court system and over 70% of inmates in American prisons cannot read above 4th grade level ( Accomando states…

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