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Reading Statistics
15 percent of the population has specific reading disorders. Of these 15 percent as many as 1/3 may show change in the brain structure.

It is estimated that as many as 15 percent of American students may be dyslexic.

There are almost half a million words in our English Language – the largest language on earth, incidentally – but a third of all our writing is made up of only twenty-two words.

46% of American adults cannot understand the label on their prescription medicine.

In a class of 20 students, few if any teachers can find even 5 minutes of time in a day to devote to reading with each student.

56 percent of young people say they read more than 10 books a year, with middle school students reading the most. Some 70 percent of middle school students read more than 10 books a year, compared with only 49 percent of high school students.

15% of all 4th graders read no faster than 74 words per minute, a pace at which it would be difficult to keep track of ideas as they are developing within the sentence and across the page.

Forty-four percent of American 4th grade students cannot read fluently, even when they read grade-level stories aloud under supportive testing conditions.

50 percent of American adults are unable to read an eighth grade level book.

Out-of-school reading habits of students has shown that even 15 minutes a day of independent reading can expose students to more than a million words of text in a year.

The average reader spends about 1/6th of the time they spend reading actually rereading words.

Students who reported having all four types of reading materials (books, magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias) in their home scored, on average, higher than those who reporter having fewer reading materials.

Good readers in 5th grade may read 10 times as many words as poor readers over a school year.

In 1999, only 53 percent of children aged 3 to 5 were read to daily by a family member. Children in families with incomes below the poverty line are less likely to be read aloud to everyday than are children in families with incomes at or above the poverty line.

According to the 2003 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 37 percent of fourth graders and 26 percent of eighth graders cannot read at the basic level; and on the 2002 NAEP 26 percent of twelfth graders cannot read at the basic level. That is, when reading grade appropriate text these students cannot extract the general meaning or make obvious connections between the text and their own experiences or make simple inferences from the text. In other words, they cannot understand what they have read.

When the State of Arizona projects how many prison beds it will need, it factors in the number of kids who read well in fourth grade.

First grade children with good word recognition skills were exposed to almost twice as many words in their basal readers as were children who had poor word recognition skills.

Source:
http://www.readfaster.com/education_stats.asp#r...

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I am permanently disabled and work at home. Previously, I have been employed as Art Director at California Manufacturers Association and Production Artist at SMW Communications of Sacramento CA.

I studied art at The Academy of Art in San Francisco 1977-79
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Comments

  • walstraasart
    walstraasartover 4 years ago

    A fantastic digital artwork. Love what you did here

  • THANK YOU THEA…;)

    – Tammera

  • Carol and Mike Werner
    Carol and Mike...over 4 years ago

    Cool image . . . though the statistics are kind of scary. We read a lot, both fiction and stuff related to business . . . Don’t know how we’d survive without it.

  • THANK YOU CAROL AND MIKE…;)

    – Tammera

  • Sherri     Nicholas
    Sherri Nic...over 4 years ago

    Tammera, this is a gorgeous digital painting… to me it is has a refreshing appeal to me…I think your statistics and story are interesting…thank for the information. The painting make me feel like you feel little ok today..I hope.so..
    Sherri :):) huggs

  • THANK YOU EVER SO DEAT SHERRI…FEELING OK TODAY…THANK YOU FOR ASKING..:)

    – Tammera

  • Greta  McLaughlin
    Greta McLaughlinover 4 years ago

    Excellent composition, but the narrative is truly depressing. You would think that in this day and age more would be done to make ourchildren of the future more literate!!! Are things going backwards?

  • AWARNESS IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION…HENCE THIS PIECE…’YES IT IS A DEPRESSING THING…
    READING IS SUCH GREAT EXERCISE FOR THE BRAIN AND HAS NUMEROUS BENEFITS….PARENTS NEED TO ENGAGE THEIR CHILDREN.

    – Tammera

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 4 years ago

    thoughtful image, text even more.
    IMHO the whole problem lies in the attitude of parents and relatives toward reading and literature. it is a proven fact that kids who have trouble in reading mostly come from families in which there is a lack of interest in reading. inversely kids with no problem in reading come mostly from families in which the pleasure of books is shared and encouraged. scholastic systems and teachers cannot correct the whole disaster only by themselves, support and help by the community are much needed. but it should be also a tpic of a strong and consensual political will : let’s start to fund education at least as much as we fund military programs.
    my best, francis.

  • OH YES…I 100 % AGREE WITH YOU, TEACHERS AND SOCITEY CANNOT DO IT ALONE.

    IN FACT, IT IS MOST IMPERATIVE THAT PARENTS BECOME MORE INVOLVED IN THIS AREA…PARENTS MUST BE MADE AWARE TO ENGAGE THEIR CHILDREN IN READING, AS OFTEN AND AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.

    READING IS SO ESSENTIAL TO EVERY ASPECT OF LIFE.
    AND AWARENESS IS THE FIRST STEP…HENCE THIS PIECE…:)
    THANK YOU FRANCIS…:)

    EVEN IF PARENTS ONLY READ 10 MINUTE A DAY WITH THEIR CHILREN IT IS A GREAT DIFFERENCE IN HOW THEY LEARN.

    EVEN IF THE PARENTS CANT READ IF THEY ALLOW CHILDREN WHO ARE IN SCHOOL TO READ ALOUD TO THEM IS ALSO A GREAT BENEFIT.

    – Tammera

  • haya1812
    haya1812over 4 years ago

    It’s so wonderful to lie down and read a book like this & Forget from all :-))
    Beautiful work!!

  • THANK YOU SO VERY KINDLY DEAR HAVA…:)

    – Tammera

  • Shanina Conway
    Shanina Conwayover 4 years ago

    Lovely work Tam and thank you for the info…reading has always be such a great part of my life. I wish child the ability to read and explore their imagination;)

  • THANK YOU AGAIN DEAR SHANINA. YES IMAGINATION IS SUCH A GIFT, AND READING HELPS TO EXPAND THAT GIFT….:)

    – Tammera

  • HeklaHekla
    HeklaHeklaover 4 years ago

    wonderful story

  • THANK YOU KINDLY HEKLA…:)

    – Tammera

  • Crowmanic
    Crowmanicabout 4 years ago

  • FEATURE!!!
    WHOOOT
    THANX EVER SO KINDLY FOR THE GREAT HONOR OF A FEATURE IN THE GROUP….:)

    – Tammera

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your wonderful feature, great WORK and well earned.

  • THANK YOU EVER SO KINDLY ANDREA

    – Tammera

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