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August 21, 2007


Rob Rogers

Are you sure it's that high? I'm looking at a report of the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy, available on the Web site of the National Center for Education Statistics of the U.S. Department of Education. It seems to indicate that 14 percent of American adults were "below basic" in literacy involving prose texts, 12 percent in document texts such as charts or forms, and 22 percent in quantitative operations (mostly addition).

Interestingly, 3 percent of those below basic in prose had a college degree, and 1 percent had graduate studies or a graduate degree.

Albert Vosburn

That is an encouraging statistic, especially considering that 1 in 3 Americans is functionally illiterate.

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