National Family Literacy Day
Turn off your TV, pick up a good book
In a 1994 study, only 21% of the adult U.S. population had basic reading and writing skills.
Now that you've gorged your sweet tooth with Halloween treats, how about feeding your brain? November 1 marks National Family Literacy Day. Approximately eight thousand literacy programs will hold readings, workshops, and family activities at libraries and community centers across the country.
In a 1994 assessment of adult literacy skills, 21 percent of the adult population had only basic, or “level one,“ reading and writing skills. Compared to most of the other countries assessed in 1994, the United States showed a greater concentraion of adults scoring at the lowest literacy level (level one). However, the United States had one of the highest concentrations of adults scoring at or above level four on the reading and writing scale.
|Percentage of adults scoring on four levels of the prose literacy scale|
|Country||Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4/5|
Source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept. of Education, The Condition of Education, 1997.