U.S., global literacy rates terrible and falling
Read it and weep: After decades of reporting five levels of literacy, the largest adult literacy study in the world has dropped the top level.
The reason: Just 2% of adults worldwide — barely enough to count — 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 latest 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 in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education. The study seeks to determine how well adults are prepared to function in today’s society.
The study looks at how well adults use information to get along in their daily lives. Here’s what they learned:
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