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5 interesting facts about literacy

September 9, 2018

Celebrate it today

Sept. 8 is recognized as International Literacy Day. It celebrates and promotes literacy all over the world.

Improvement needed here

The United States is ranked 28th in the world for highest literacy rates. One in four children in America grow up without learning how to read.

Early success essential

Students who don’t read proficiently by the third grade are four times more likely to drop out of school.

Minneapolis tops list

The most literate city in the United States is Minneapolis, with Washington D.C. and Seattle rounding out the top three.

When did you last read a book?

Forty-four percent of American adults do not read a book in a year.

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