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Many resources about literacy shed light on the nature and extent of orality. Find the latest statistics, trends, and reports here.

  1. Opportunities Lost

    Opportunities Lost

    The 2012 edition of the Global Education Digest reveals the urgent need to address the high numbers of children repeating grades and leaving school before completing primary or lower secondary education.

  2. Update on Education in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Update on Education in Sub-Saharan Africa

    A UNESCO report describes the state of education in 45 countries of Sub-Saharan Africa in 2011.

  3. Global Education Digest 2011

    Global Education Digest 2011

    The Global Education Digest 2011 updates international statistics on educational enrollment, spending, and achievement. The 2011 annual report gives special attention to secondary education. The report is produced by the UNESCO Institute fo ...

  4. Not A Passing Fad

    Not A Passing Fad

    IMB’s Grant Lovejoy has written the linked article about his conclusion from “Reaching the Marginalized,” a 2010 U. N. report on progress in the Education for All (EFA) campaign. This article is just the start of an ongoing conversation. ...

  5. Jacob: Reading the doctor's signature is the least of your problems

    Jacob: Reading the doctor's signature is the least of your problems

    Literacy skills predict a person’s health status more accurately than age, income, employment status, education level, or race and ethnicity.

  6. Reaching the Marginalised

    Reaching the Marginalised

    UNESCO's latest Education for All report says that many of the gains in literacy that have been made since 2000 are threatened by the global economic downturn. "Reaching the Marginalised" gives detailed information by region of the worl ...

  7. Basic Reading Skills and the Literacy of the America's Least Literate Adults

    Basic Reading Skills and the Literacy of the America's Least Literate ...

    The (U. S.) National Center for Education Statistics examines the "profile and [basic reading skills] of America's least literate adults." The following study from the National Assessment of Adult Literacy shows that the majority of peop ...

  8. Scripture Distribution

    Scripture Distribution

    Report on the world distribution of scriptures by Bible societies.

  9. Quick Facts about Global Literacy

    Quick Facts about Global Literacy

    In 2008 the United Nations released International Literacy Statistics: A Review of Concepts, Methodology and Current Data. It gave some interesting information about current realities and trends related to literacy. Excerpts are quoted i ...

  10. Best Methods for Teaching Adults to Read

    Best Methods for Teaching Adults to Read

    When people encounter the Bible via oral methods, they frequently develop interest in learning to read the Bible for themselves. That is an admirable goal. We want to encourage literacy, especially for those who are motivated by a desire ...

  11. Low Literacy among U. S. Prison Inmates

    Low Literacy among U. S. Prison Inmates

    Prison inmates have lower literacy skills on average than U. S. adults who are not in prison. That is one of the findings of the National Assessment of Adult Literacy, which is releasing its findings in a series of studies. One of them, ...

  12. Life or Literacy in Afghanistan

    Life or Literacy in Afghanistan

    "It is better for my children to be alive even if it means they must be illiterate." That's how Sayed Rasul explained keeping his two daughters home from school. According to a New York Times article, Rasul wanted to protect them from po ...

  13. National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL)

    National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL)

    The 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy is a nationally representative assessment of English literacy among U. S. adults age 16 and older. Sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), NAAL is the nation's most ...

  14. Trends in Global Education 2006: Literacy

    Trends in Global Education 2006: Literacy

    The 2006 Education For All report focused on the crucial role of literacy in education. It reported on progress nations were making in literacy, as well as in related areas such as educational policy and international funding for literac ...

  15. Trends in Global Education 2008: International Progress Report

    Trends in Global Education 2008: International Progress Report

    The UNESCO goal of achieving primary education for all children by 2015 was admittedly ambitious when it was adopted in 2000. In its 2008 report, UNESCO examined how much progress had been made at the half-way point of this fifteen-year ...

  16. Trends in Global Education 2009

    Trends in Global Education 2009

    UNESCO's Education for All Initiative seeks to increase education and literacy worldwide. UNESCO has issued annual reports that address different aspects of the challenge. The 2009 report focused on governance of education and highlighte ...

  17. Frequency of Pleasure Reading in the U. S.

    Frequency of Pleasure Reading in the U. S.

    The National Endowment for the Arts has commissioned three studies that asked Americans about their pleasure reading practices. After two studies, "Reading at Risk" and "To Read or Not to Read," showed a dramatic decline of pleasure read ...

  18. Literacy in Everyday Life: Results from the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy

    Literacy in Everyday Life: Results from the 2003 National Assessment o ...

    The 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) assessed the English literacy skills of a nationally representative sample of more than 19,000 U.S. adults (age 16 and older) residing in households and prisons. The report describes ...

  19. State and County Estimates of Low Literacy (United States)

    State and County Estimates of Low Literacy (United States)

    The National Center for Educational Statistics has a database that shows the number of people in each state and county who have "basic" or "below basic" literacy skills. The database is based on careful direct assessments of adults' lite ...

  20. People of the Screen

    People of the Screen

    Christine Rosen joins the debate about the impact online reading is having and will have on literacy as it has historically been understood and practiced. She argues that a new form of literacy is emerging that is different from book-based ...