Statistically speaking…

  •  The greatest barrier to economic development and growth is the absence of a literate workforce
  • Seventy-five percent of all food stamp recipients perform in the two lowest levels of literacy
  • 1.3 million adult Georgians are at literacy attainable levels below eighth grade and most are in the workforce
  • Literacy problems in the southeast alone cost nearly $57.2 billion annually; in Georgia it is $2.1 billion annually
  • Children’s literacy levels are strongly linked to the educational levels of their parents, especially the mother
  • Parents who improve their education, obtaining a GED or high school diploma, have children who show improvement in school and are more likely to stay in school
  • Seven in 10 prisoners perform in the lowest two literacy levels
  • More than 60 percent of front line workers in goods-producing industries have difficulty applying information from a text to a required task
  • Low literacy skills have a direct impact on crime, recidivism, poverty, teenage pregnancy and substance abuse
  • Increasing the educational level of workers in an establishment by one year is associated with an 8.6 percent increase in output for all industries … 11 percent for the non-manufacturing sector
  • Workers aged 18 and over with a bachelor’s degree today earn an average of $51,206 a year, while those with a high school diploma earn $27,915 and those without a high school diploma average $18,734
  • The current unemployment rate for individuals who have not completed high school is much higher; 8.5%, than for individuals with a four year or higher degree
  • 85% of children who are arrested have reading difficulties.

From Georgia’s Certified Literate Community Website