Read Across America Day Illustrates Challenges

Read Across America Day Illustrates Challenges

It is Read Across America Day, which celebrates books and reading, but also exposes the challenges of low literacy across the country. 

Nearly 14-percent of the country’s adult population can’t read well enough to fill out a job application.  Wisconsin has the seventh best literacy rate in the country at 92-point-7-percent, but there are areas needing improvement. 

The U.S. Department of Education says there is still a large graduation rate gap between Caucasian and Black students in Wisconsin that needs to be closed.  The white graduation rate is nearly 93-percent and the African-American graduation rate is below 70-percent.

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