Global literacy is falling. What’s a communicator to do?
Read it and weep: After decades of reporting five levels of literacy, the largest adult literacy study in the world has dropped Level 5, the top level, for lack of participation.
The reason: Just 2% of adults worldwide performed at Level 5, so researchers combined it with Level 4 in their most recent report.
Welcome to the world of literacy today, according to the 2013 Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, or PIAAC.
PIAAC is an enormous, every-10-year study of adult literacy, developed and organized by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The study seeks to determine how well adults are prepared to function in today’s society.
The answer, according to PIAAC: Not very well.
So your readers can’t read. Now what?
How to reach readers in a world of illiteracy
More than half of all Americans have basic or below basic prose skills, according to the Department of Education’s latest adult literacy test. That means they can sign forms, compare ticket prices for two events and look up shows in a TV guide.
But they have trouble finding places on a map, calculating the cost of office supplies from a catalog and comparing viewpoints in two editorials.
How well are you doing at reaching these folks?
Find out at Cut Through the Clutter — a two-day tight-writing Master Class on May 11-12 in Chicago. There, you’ll get the stats you need to make a reasonable estimate about your target audience’s reading level, and the tools you need to reach them where they are.
Using our tools, you’ll write and rewrite your own copy, watching readability rise by 100%, 200% — even 300%. (We saw one writer improve the readability of her piece by more than 1,200% in a single hour.) You’ll walk away with a cool tool (it’s free!) for measuring, monitoring and managing readability.
This is the only Cut Through the Clutter Master Class we’ve scheduled for this year. At the time of this writing, we still had three early bird tickets left. But they won’t last long: We expect this Master Class to sell out quickly.
Don’t miss out. Register now.
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