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quote: In 1993, the US Central Intelligence Agency's World Factbook published that the United States had a 97.9% literacy rate for persons age 15 and over having completed 5 or more years of schooling , and 99.99% in 2008.
quote: National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL)As in 2008, roughly 15% of the sample could function at the highest levels in all three categories. Roughly 40% were at either basic or below basic levels of proficiency in all three categories.This government study showed that 21% to 23% of adult Americans were not "able to locate information in text", could not "make low-level inferences using printed materials", and were unable to "integrate easily identifiable pieces of information."Thus, if this bottom quantile of the study is equated with the functionally illiterate, and these are then removed from those classified as literate, then the resultant literacy rate for the United States would be at most 65-85% depending on where in the basic, minimal competence quantile one sets the cutoff.
quote: But, before you even get to the CIA's statistic
quote: Do you know what literacy means? It means that you can read and write.You're just cherry picking based on proficiency and reading levels, which is an entirely different argument.
quote: lit·er·ateadjective1. able to read and write.2. having or showing knowledge of literature, writing, etc.; literary; well-read.3. characterized by skill, lucidity, polish, or the like: His writing is literate but cold and clinical.4. having knowledge or skill in a specified field: literate in computer usage.5. having an education; educated.noun6. a person who can read and write.7. a learned person.From Latin litteratus (learned)Word Origin & Historyliterateearly 15c., from L. lit(t)eratus "educated, learned," lit. "one who knows the letters," formed in imitation of Gk. grammatikos from L. lit(t)era "letter."
quote: This entry includes a definition of literacy and Census Bureau percentages for the total population, males, and females. There are no universal definitions and standards of literacy. Unless otherwise specified, all rates are based on the most common definition - the ability to read and write at a specified age. Detailing the standards that individual countries use to assess the ability to read and write is beyond the scope of the Factbook.
quote: The headline here is children's literacy. I bolded the word "children" for you so that it would be easier for you to read.
quote: Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Aims to Combat America's Illiteracy Problem
quote: Right now: 1 in 4 kids in the US will grow up illiterate
quote: Right now, 1 out of every 4 children in America will grow up illiterate.
quote: Twenty-one to 23 percent — or some 40 to 44 million of the 191 million adults in this country — demonstrated skills in the lowest level of prose, document, and quantitative proficiencies (Level 1). Though all adults in this level displayed limited skills, their characteristics are diverse. Many adults in this level performed simple, routine tasks involving brief and uncomplicated texts and documents. For example, they were able to total an entry on a deposit slip, locate the time or place of a meeting on a form, and identify a piece of specific information in a brief news article. Others were unable to perform these types of tasks, and some had such limited skills that they were unable to respond to much of the survey.
quote: Through a consensus process, this panel drafted the following definition of literacy, which helped set the framework for the young adult survey: Using printed and written information to function in society, to achieve one’s goals, and to develop one’s knowledge and potential.
quote: Further, the committee endorsed the notion that literacy is neither a single skill suited to all types of texts, nor an infinite number of skills, each associated with a given type of text or material. Prose literacy — the knowledge and skills needed to understand and use information from texts that include editorials, news stories, poems, and fiction; for example, finding a piece of information in a newspaper article, interpreting instructions from a warranty, inferring a theme from a poem, or contrasting views expressed in an editorial. Document literacy — the knowledge and skills required to locate and use information contained in materials that include job applications, payroll forms, transportation schedules, maps, tables, and graphs; for example, locating a particular intersection on a street map, using a schedule to choose the appropriate bus, or entering information on an application form. Quantitative literacy - the knowledge and skills required to apply arithmetic operations, either alone or sequentially, using numbers 4 . . . . . . Introduction embedded in printed materials; for example, balancing a checkbook, figuring out a tip, completing an order form, or determining the amount of interest from a loan advertisement.