Literacy Facts

Literacy Definition:

  • 1950 = Ability       to Read
  • 2013 = Ability       to read, write, compute, calculate, measure and ability to problem solve       and relate to real-life situations.

The definition of Literacy today is tied to not only educational endeavors to the workforce’s needs.  Employers need educated employees that can read, write, perform simple mathematical problems, and use a ruler and calculator in the workplace.  Many employers need employees that are computer-literate. Facts show that individuals who are educated have an earning potential much higher than individuals who are not educated: 

Education & Annual Average Earnings
No High School Diploma              $16,124
High School Diploma                   $22,895
Bachelor’s Degree                       $40,478
Advanced Degree                        $63,229

Source:  US Census

 

 

 

 

 

The National Institute for Adult Literacy conducted a study to measure literacy levels.  The National Assessment of Adult Literacy showed that there were 93 million people who were functioning below the high school level.   This Assessment measured literacy in four levels:

      • Below Basic
      • Basic
      • Intermediate
      • Proficient: 

LITERACY LEVEL 1 – Below Basic   

      • Correlates to less than a 4th grade reading proficiency
      • Individuals have difficulty:
        • Reading a food label
        • Filling out a job application
        • Reading a simple story to their child/grandchild
        • Applying basic math skills to determine the total on a sales receipt

 

ESTIMATES OF LOW LITERACY

County

Literacy Level 1 (Below Basic)

Grayson

11%

Fannin

15%

Lamar

13%

State of Texas

19%