The National Institute for Literacy (NIFL) estimates at least 40
million American adults need stronger literacy skills to take advantage of lifelong learning opportunities.
Between 21% and 23% of the adult
population, or approximately 44 million people, scored in Level 1 of the National
Adult Literacy Survey. Most adults in Level
1 can read a little, but not well enough to fill out an application, read a
food label or read a simple story to a child.