Literate adults

Number of U. Percentages of U. Low English literacy is defined as those performing at PIAAC literacy proficiency level 1 or below or who could not participate due to a language barrier or a cognitive or physical inability to be interviewed. In the United States, when the study was conducted in —12 and —14, respondents were first asked questions about their background, with an option to be interviewed in English or Spanish, followed by a skills assessment in English. Because the skills assessment was conducted only in English, all U. Results in this Data Point are presented as the number of adults at literacy proficiency levels that are described in terms of the types of tasks the adults are likely to complete successfully at a particular level.
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What percent of adults in the world today are literate – can read and write?

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Literacy - Our World in Data

In this entry we discuss historical trends, as well as recent developments in literacy. From a historical perspective, literacy levels for the world population have risen drastically in the last couple of centuries. Despite large improvements in the expansion of basic education, and the continuous reduction of education inequalities, there are substantial challenges ahead. The poorest countries in the world, where basic education is most likely to be a binding constraint for development, still have very large segments of the population who are illiterate. In Niger, for example, the literacy rate of the youth years is only
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Data Protection Choices

People need literacy and numeracy skills to find, understand, and use health information and services. What people know and what they do with what they know has a major impact on their life chances. For example, people with lower literacy proficiency are more likely than those with better literacy skills to report poor health. The resources on this page briefly explain literacy and numeracy and how they are measured in national education surveys. You will find a link to adult health literacy data.
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Gender equality. Every important social issue is impacted by low literacy. When individuals learn how to read, write, do basic math, and use computers, they have the power to lift themselves out of poverty, lower health care costs, find and keep sustainable employment, and ultimately change their lives. Download Printable PDF.
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