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Approximately one in five Americans is illiterate, which is defined as lacking "the basic skills beyond a 4th grade level." This infographic explores this issue in some detail, beginning with definign the types of literacy as:
* Prose - reading news, stories, instructional materials
* Documents - forms such as job applications, maps, food labels
* Quantitave - balancing a checkbook, ordering items
From there it goes on to explore American's Literacy Levels (of which there are five). It probably will come as no surprise to learn that 50% of people at Level 1 (the most basic skills) live in poverty, but many other statistics are also found in this infographic. Additonal sections include a closer look at illiteracy, and the consequences of illiteracy.
This infographic makes me wonder how many of the children that we see struggling with literacy at school may have other family members who have similar issues.