What percentage of American adults are unable to read above the 8th grade level?


A) 49% [1]


  • More than 20% of American adults cannot read above a 4th-grade level (functional illiteracy). [2] .
  • More than 50% of students at four-year colleges, and more than 75% at two-year colleges, lacked the skills to perform complex but common literacy tasks, such as:
    – Understanding the arguments of newspaper editorial
    – Comparing the cost per ounce of food, or credit card offers with different interest rates and annual fees
    – Interpreting a table about exercise and blood pressure [3]


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1.  National Center for Education Statistics; U.S. Department of Education’s 2003 report, “A First Look At The Literacy Of America’s Adults In The 21st Century.”
2.  National Institute for Literacy; National Assessment of Adult Literacy; cited in 4th Annual E-Government Survey by Brown University (2004).
3.  National Survey of America’s College Students, Pew Charitable Trusts; cited in “Many College Students Poor On 3 Rs,” (AP) 1/19/06.

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