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Literacy Skills Affect Future Success and Civic Participation

Reading and writing proficiency is an essential ingredient for future success. As our society and economy become increasingly information-centered, those who communicate effectively will reap both personal and financial rewards.

There are few jobs — and few tasks encountered in our lives — that don’t require the ability to read for understanding and the ability to communicate through written and oral language. Perhaps more importantly, literacy holds the key to active, successful participation in our rapidly changing 21st-century global society. 

rates of voting and education levels

See Fault Lines in Our Democracy report for more information.


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