From the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES):
Two-thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of the 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare.
About one in 20 adults in the U.S. is not literate in English.
85 percent of all juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate.
Over 70% of inmates in America's prisons cannot read above a fourth grade level.
Literacy is learned. Illiteracy is passed along by parents who cannot read or write. One child in four grows up not knowing how to read.
90% of welfare recipients are high school dropouts.
updated July 2009