Improving adult literacy would have enormous economic benefits. Bringing all adults to the equivalent of a sixth grade reading level would generate an additional $ trillion – or 10% of GDP – in annual income for the country. 6. The National Assessment of Adult Literacy is a nationally representative assessment of English literacy among American adults age 16 and older. Sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), NAAL is the nation's most comprehensive measure of adult literacy since the National Adult Literacy Survey (NALS).
May 22, · According to the US Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy, the following statistics outline the state of literacy in the United States. 1. 32 million adults can not read in the United States equal to 14% of the population. 2. 21% of US adults read below the 5th grade level. 3. 19% of high school graduates can not read. May 28, · From to , the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies conducted a study of adult literacy in the United States, finding that approximately 43 million Americans.
However, compared to higher-performing countries like Japan () and Finland (), the United States lags behind in literacy. In literacy, 50 percent of U.S. adults performed at Level 3 or above compared to 72 percent in Japan and 63 percent in Finland. Hispanic adults born outside the United States make up about a quarter of such low-skilled adults in the United States (figure 3). FIGURE 2. Percentage of all and low-skilled adults. age 16 to 65, by nativity status: and All adults Low English literacy adults. 02 08 06 04 0 34 85 15 66 Born in the United States Born outside of File Size: KB.