The Reality of the Education Pipeline
The education pipeline begins at birth and continues through early childhood education, K-12 education, higher education and the workforce. Ideally, each segment prepares an individual for the next phase of learning. But in reality, only a small percentage of the population is able to travel smoothly and successfully through all phases.
Literacy Connects works to support individuals who have fallen behind or fallen out of the pipeline and need additional resources to continue their learning.
|Literacy begins before a child ever steps foot into a classroom.|
|From kindergarten through third grade, most children learn to read. From fourth grade on, children read to learn.
|Nationally, more than 60% of middle school students are reading below grade level. This means that millions of young people cannot understand or evaluate text, provide relevant details, or support inferences about the written documents they read. (Alliance for Excellent Education)
|The majority of students are leaving high school without the necessary reading and writing skills needed to succeed in college and a career. (Alliance for Excellent Education)
|The likelihood that an American student who enters ninth grade will be enrolled in college four years later is less than 40%, and only about half of students who enroll in four-year colleges will earn a bachelor’s degree within six years. (Alliance for Excellent Education)
|There is a direct relationship, economically and socially, between low adult literacy levels, unemployment, and poverty.