Statistics from Begin to Read
- Two-thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of the 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare. The fourth grade is the watershed year.
- 85 percent of all juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate.
- The number of functionally illiterate adults is increasing by approximately two and one quarter million persons each year. This number includes nearly 1 million young people who drop out of school before graduation, 400,000 legal immigrants, 100,000 refugees, and 800,000 illegal immigrants, and 20 % of all high school graduates.
Statistics from Education Portal
- 44 million adults are now unable to read a simple story to their child
- 20 percent of Americans are functionally illiterate and read below a 5th grade level.
- 3 out of 4 people on welfare can't read.
- Approximately 50 percent of Americans read so poorly that they are unable to perform simple tasks such as balancing a checkbook and reading prescription drug labels.
- To determine how many prison beds will be needed in future years, some states actually base part of their projection on how well current elementary students are performing on reading tests.