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10 Literacy Facts You Probably Didn't Know



  1. A child’s brain grows to 80% of its full size by age 3.

  2. In the first few years of life, a child’s brain builds 700 connections per second.

  3. Reading aloud is widely recognized as the single most important activity leading to literacy acquisition.

  4. Vocabulary development by age 3 has been found to predict achievement by third grade.

  5. Children with as few as 25 books in the home complete an average of two more years of schooling than those with no books.

  6. 75% of state prison inmates did not complete high school or can be classified as low literate.

  7. 36 million adults in the US cannot read, write or do basic math above a third grade level.

  8. In a study conducted in 1990, 21-23% of adults in the US demonstrated skills in the lowest level of prose, document, and quantitative proficiencies.

  9. 90 million individuals from the same study that tested into levels 1 and 2 (the lowest levels), didn’t necessarily believe they were at risk, and perceived themselves as “well” or “very well” at reading/writing.

  10. Low literacy costs the U.S. $225 billion or more each year in non-productivity in the workforce, crime, and loss of tax revenue due to unemployment.


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