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How Does Literacy Rates Affect Poverty?

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Gustavo Perea

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How Does Literacy Rates Affect Poverty?
77% of White 4th grade students scored at or above the Basic Reading level.
48% of Hispanic 4th graders scored at or above the Basic Reading level.
52% of American Indian/Alaska Native 4th graders scored at or above the Basic Reading level.
47% of African American 4th graders scored at or above the Basic Reading level.

Kids and Dropouts
40% of fourth grade students are reading below grade level
90% of those who drop out of high school are reading below grade level,
50% of all high school students cannot read at grade level.
Early language and literacy (reading and writing) development begins in the first three years of life

Parental Factors
The majority of children in low-income families have parents without any college education.
25% of children in low-income families – almost 7.2 million – have parents with less than a high school diploma.
Higher education leads to higher earnings.
82% of children whose parents have less than a high school diploma live in low-income families.

Finances
Most people living in poverty are single parent households.
$60,640 is the average income of a family living in poverty
Over 50% have more than two children
28% of the 50% are living in poverty
49.2% hispanics are illiterate
Increasing by 14%
22.2% received less than a high school degree
Gender has an affect on poverty
Solution
To create a program that can help people in need to increase their reading and writing skills.

Background Information
Around 30 million people over the age of 16 read at the same average as an elementary student, nearly 800 million adults are illiterate in their native language. Literacy is necessary to understand information that is out of context, written or verbal. It’s essential if we are to eradicate poverty at home, improve infant mortality rates, address gender inequality, and create sustainable development, which out the abilities to read, to write, to do math, and to access technology would be impossible
Reading and writing is an easy task to learn at a young age. But it’s not so easy for adults. Adults get frustrated much quicker and the part of the brain that helps with learning is already well developed by age 25.

Alexia McGrew
Rebecca Martinez
Jackie Ochoa
Gustavo Perea
Questions?
57% of children whose parents have a high school diploma, but no college education, live in low-income families.
Only 24% of children whose parents have some college education or more live in low-income families.
If parents have low education levels, full-time employment does not protect their families from low earnings.
Among children whose parents work full-time and year-round:
73% of children whose parents have less than a high school diploma live in low-income families.
Parents with less education are losing economic ground.
Over the past two decades, children with parents employed full-time are increasingly likely to be low income if their parents do not have at least a college education.
Among children whose parents work full-time and year-round:
The percent of children in low-income families increased from 65% to 73% if parents had less than a high school diploma.

At least half of all adults who are functionally illiterate live in poverty.
Children whose parents can read are 5 to 6 times more likely to succeed in school.
Lawmakers in Colorado are working to prevent high school dropouts – by focusing on elementary school students
Students who do better in school, stay in school and are more likely to graduate.
90 percent of kids who can’t read in third grade are on the path to dropping out.
Social Perspective
Regarding children, to focus on their literacy as much as possible so they have a higher chance to not live in poverty.
It could be looked at as a program similar to financial aid or even child support.
It can increase the power and ambition of the United States work force and potentially and hopefully increase the United States self-dependency making us a stronger nation.
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