5 Facts from This Year’s Statistical Member Report
Posted by Jennifer Vecchiarelli on April 19, 2017 in categoryFacts & ResearchcategoryNewscategoryMember Tips

Measuring Adult Literacy Every Year

Every year, ProLiteracy conducts a survey of our member organizations in all 50 states to get a picture of our network’s activities related to adult literacy services, including methods of instruction, program funding sources, types of students, and multi-year trends in the field. 

With the Annual Statistical Report, we use the data to further our advocacy, awareness, and fundraising efforts on behalf of all member organizations. We support literacy programs by helping them provide quality services and access to more resources. 

The 2015-2016 Annual Statistical Report is based on data from member programs serving 222,000 students with more than 85,000 instructors and volunteers. ProLiteracy members may use this statistical report data to:

  • Identify trends that may affect their program’s work
  • Compare their organization’s statistics to national averages
  • Assist with advocacy, public relations, and fundraising efforts

This year’s report highlights varying areas of progress in terms of adult learners gaining more access to literacy services. Some noteworthy statistics include:

1. The percentage of students who enter programs with less than a 12th-grade education has dropped significantly—from 70% to 59%—since 2010. 

2. The percentage of students who are unemployed is 35%.

3. In 2016, instructors and administrative volunteers dedicated 13.7 million hours of their time to helping adult learners increase literacy skills.

4. Approximately 16,300 students last year reported obtaining a job, or a better job, as a result of increasing literacy skills. 

5. Since the 2007-08 statistical report, the percentage of programs receiving federal and/or state funding has decreased from 49% to 36%.

View the Annual Statistical Report here. If you have thoughts you would like to share about this year’s report, please share with us in the comment section below.


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