Did You Know?

Imagine if you were not able to read a job application, or the list of ingredients in a recipe, or a book to a child. 3 million Americans can’t read better than the average 3rd grader. With a lack of basic reading, writing, math, and computer skills, these Americans are struggling to find jobs, stay healthy, and most importantly, support their families.


Arkansas Adult Literacy:
By the numbers fiscal year 2014-15

Nearly 15% of Arkansans 16+ lack basic literacy skills


Nearly 205 of Arkansans 25+ lack a high school diploma or GED


130,000 Arkansans 25+ have less than a 9th grade education

What Are We Doing To Help?

Arkansas Literacy Councils exists to support community based literacy councils who serve these students. In 2014-15, adult learners:



  • 17,953 personal achievements
  • 18,452 measurable educational advancements





  • 2,781 general education hours
  • 4,154 reading instruction hours
  • 998 writing instruction hours
  • 2,247 ESL instruction hours



as of fall 2015.jpgWe could not do this alone. Councils rely on volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring. In 2014-2015, volunteers:

  • 911 Arkansans tutored adult learners
  • Tutors contributed $1.6 million worth of service hours
  • Tutors served 66,000+ instruction hours
  • Volunteers added $3+ million in services to Arkansas’s adult education





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