ImageThis post is meant to bring awareness.  But we’re all aware and literacy rates are still low. Have you seen the results of the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)?  The PDF version shows graphs of reading and math levels of 1992, 2011 and 2013 of 4th and 8th graders. The 2013 reading results show 32% are below basic levels, 33% are at basic, 27% are proficient, and only 8% are advanced. THAT’S 65% LESS THAN PROFICIENT based on samples in 21 participating urban districts.

How does your state rank?

Michigan, I’m sad to say, ranks lower than the national average at reading in the 4th grade.

Not from the United States? Here is a somewhat outdated list of ranking of population older than 15 years of age.

I am not an expert, I’m searching and channeling what I find each week. It is my hope that we can share ideas, raise awareness in our own communities and most importantly reach people’s needs one by one.

Let’s talk about this. What can we do?

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6 Responses to AWARENESS

  1. Sadly, that’s seems to be a world wide trend!

  2. Charlie says:

    Reading is something taken so much for granted. I shudder in today’s world with all the texting and tweeting that kids are going to forget how to really read and write. I see it on our applications for our yearly scholarship. These are sophomores and juniors in college and many of the applications are atrocious! We need to give classes on how to represent a professional and admirable self.

  3. Mary Brown says:

    Sadly I have followed some local students and when I point out that something is misspelled I am told the teacher doesn’t take off for spelling. Schools seem to be more and more focused on technology than an education that will get them into university!

  4. Susan Davis says:

    Sharon thank you for the sharing your finds…it’s shocking, but then again, not surprising. Nice blog:)

  5. Hi Sharon….nice post! My daughter teaches and the stories I hear are absolutely unbelievable!!!

  6. Dear Sharon,
    Thanks for sharing your insight into the literacy statistics. I personally think children learned more when they weren’t learning just for a test. Each of us can do our part to help children and adults find the wonders and excitement of reading information and stories they love.

    Celebrate You and Your New Blog
    Never Give Up

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