Alarming Statistics

Only 2% of eighth graders read at an advanced level.
(AEE, 2009)

  When the State of Arizona projects how many prison beds it will need,
it factors in the number of kids who read well in fourth grade.
(Arizona Republic, 9-15-2004)

  In a class of 20 students, few if any teachers can find even 5 minutes
of time in a day to devote to reading with each student.
(Adams, 2002)

 Good readers in 5th grade may read 10 times as many words as poor readers over a school year.
(Nagy and Anderson, 1984)

  Two-thirds of the world’s illiterate adults are women.
(National Assessments of Adult Literacy, 2003)

One child in four grows up not knowing how to read.

  75% of today’s jobs require at least a ninth-grade reading level.
(National Institute for Literacy, 1998)

  For every 1,000 people in the United States, there are:
2093 radios
805 televisions
325 personal computers
218 newspapers

40% of American children have difficulty reading or learning to read.
(National Institute for Literacy, 1999)

“When we came to you, we figured if we were going to pay thousands to makes sure that Nathan has straight teeth, we might as well invest in his future and know he can read well and with confidence.  It was hands down one of the best decisions we ever made as parents.”


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