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Why Is This Important?
Adults need strong literacy skills to get good jobs, stay healthy, be active in their communities, avoid human rights abuse, avoid crime, and to raise children who have strong literacy skills. The employees most in demand in the U.S. have at least a two-year college degree. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report (2003), 75 percent of America's state prison inmates did not complete high school. Literacy begins when parents read to their children and encourage their children to read. Parents who are poor readers don't read as often to their children. When young children are not read to, they enter school less prepared for learning to read than other children. (1)
The percentage of adults lacking basic prose literacy skills. The literacy of adults who lack BPLS ranges from being unable to read and understand any written information in English to being able to locate easily identifiable information in short, commonplace prose text, but nothing more advanced.
Data Source1992 and 2003 National Adult Literacy Survey. National Assessment of Adult Literacy, U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences National Center for Education Statistics.
How the Measure is Calculated
Numerator:The estimated number of adults (age 16 and older) lacking basic prose literacy skills.
Denominator:The estimated number of adults (age 16 and older) in the population.
Data IssuesThe literacy of adults who lack BPLS ranges from being unable to read and understand any written information in English to being able to locate easily identifiable information in short, commonplace prose text, but nothing more advanced.
Health Topic Pages Related to: Literacy - Adults Lacking Basic Prose Literacy Skills
Community Health Resources and Links
- Healthy People 2030 Website
- The Guide to Community Preventive Services
- U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.