Just the Facts

The Numbers Don’t Lie

Low literacy is a crisis that affects all of us. That’s why it’s so important to understand the issues and confront the facts head on. Only then can we can stand together to fight for change.

Low-level reading and math skills are the common thread of poverty, incarceration, high dropout rates in schools, and a barrier to understanding basic health, financial and consumer issues.


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*Sources: 1 National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) 2 American Journal of Public Health 3 National Council for Adult Learning 4 National Center for Education Statistics 5 U.S. Department of Justice 6 Rand Report: Evaluating the Eectiveness of Correctional Education 7 Center for Immigration Studies

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