MADD, a national non-profit organization that advocates for higher education and research funding, released a report today that finds the U.S. has the highest rate of child illiteracy in the world.
According to the report, in 2014, nearly 16 million children under the age of 18 lacked basic literacy skills, including reading and writing, while a whopping 16.5 million lacked basic skills in math and science.
The report also states that children under 18 in the U to live in states with a literacy rate below 30 percent are four times more likely to die prematurely from the effects of early childhood poverty.
While some states like Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut and New Jersey are doing a good job of increasing the number of high school students in their classrooms, many states have low rates of literacy.
For instance, only 23 states have a rate below 15 percent.
The state of Ohio, which has the second lowest rate in the nation, has the eighth highest rate in terms of total number of children living in poverty.
For students in low-income households, school attendance is the most important way to improve their reading and math skills.
It’s a combination of teacher and parent training, the right tools like textbooks, and school-based enrichment programs that give students the tools they need to succeed.
The report states that if a state can increase its child literacy rates, it can improve the health and wellbeing of its children.
The bottom line is that when students are learning, they are learning well, and when they are having a better quality of life, they will have fewer illnesses and less risk of death.MADD is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring access to quality, affordable, and accessible educational opportunities for all children, particularly those in low and moderate income families.