44 Million adults in the US can not read well enough to read a simple story to a child!
- Children who have not developed some basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are 3 - 4 times more likely to drop out in later years.
- The average student learns about 3,000 words per year in the early school years (8 words per day).
- Disadvantaged students in the first grade have a vocabulary that is approximately half that of an advantaged student (2,900 and 5,800 respectively).
- 14% of all individuals have a learning disability.
- It is estimated that more than $2 billion is spent each year on students who repeat a grade because they have reading problems.
- Over one million children drop out of school each year, costing the nation over $240 billion in lost earnings, forgone tax revenues, and expenditures for social services.
- Low literacy is strongly related to crime. 70% of prisoners fall into the lowest two levels of reading proficiency.
- 46% of American adults cannot understand the label on their prescription medicine.
- 50% of American adults are unable to read an 8th grade level book.
30% of our children in United States will not finish high school!
The power of your service club and USA Dictionary project can make a real PROVEN difference in your LOCAL community!
Information provided by Dr. Barbara R. Swaby, Professor Curriculum and Instruction, University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS)