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Teaching the ABCs of literacy in Laurel
Teaching the ABCs of literacy in Laurel

In 2003, 14.5 percent of the U.S. population over the age of 16 lacked "basic prose literacy skills." That means they were either unable to read or understand any written information in English, or were limited to understanding short prose, "but nothing more advanced." That's according to the most recent National Assessment of Adult Literacy from the National Center for Education Statistics. In Maryland, 11 percent of adults lacked basic literacy skills that year. In Prince George's County, it was 22 percent. Those numbers were the highest in the state, and towered over illiteracy rates in neighboring counties like Howard (6 percent) and Montgomery (11)....

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