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Adult Literacy

Your voice is critical in ensuring effective Adult Education policies.
Learn more about current issues and ways you can take immediate action.


Key Issues

Adult Learners in Philadelphia Need Your Help!

A 2020 National Center for Education Statistic (NCES) study shows over 50% of adults in Philadelphia read and comprehend at a 5th grade level or below and require further education and training in order to enter the workforce.

The Need

Adult education programs, like BeLit, are a second chance at a first-rate education.

Here are the facts:

  • 29% of Pennsylvania’s working-age adults lack basic literacy and/or numeracy skills needed for work, family, and community life.
  • Nearly 650,00 PA adults between ages 18-64 do not have a high school credential.
  • Nearly 400,00 PA adults between ages 18-64 have only an 8th grade education or less.
  • Nearly 390,000 PA adults between ages 18-64 speak very limited or no English.
  • In the last 5 years, more than 68K students dropped out of high school. We expect COVID-19 has exacerbated this “Academic Pandemic” stop-out rate; these students require functional literacy upskilling to gain and sustain living-wage employment.

Learn more by downloading the 2023 PA Literacy Brief located on the right.

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