Literacy Facts & Figures As adult education advocates, we must be informed about the impact and the benefits of adult literacy. We have gathered some resources to help you inform your elected officials, staff, adult learners, and community members. Literacy rate, adult total (% of people ages 15 and above) from The World Bank: Data Learn how the World Bank Group is helping countries with COVID (coronavirus). Find Out.
White and Hispanic adults make up the largest percentage of U.S. adults with low levels of English literacy, 35 percent and 34 percent respectively (figure 3). By race/ethnicity and nativity status, the largest percentage of those with low literacy skills are White U.S.-born adults, who represent one third of such low-skilled population. May 24, · Literacy is considered learned. Illiteracy is passed along by parents who can not read or write. 3. 1 in 4 children grow up not knowing how to read. 4. 43% of adults at considered level 1 literacy skills and live in poverty compared to 4% at level 5. 5. 3 out of 4 food stamp recipients perform in the lowest 2 literacy levels.
The latest data show that the global adult literacy rate was 85% and the youth literacy rate was 91% in This represents an increase compared to estimates for the reference year , when the adult and youth literacy rates were 84% and 89%, respectively. Literacy rates among youth (aged 15 to 24) and adults are the test of an educational system, and the overall trend is positive, thanks to the expansion of educational opportunities. Globally, the youth literacy rate increased from 83 per cent to 91 per cent over two decades, while the number of illiterate youth declined from million to million.