According to the Department of Education, 79% of 8th graders aren't proficient in reading, which means they cannot read to their grade level. 80% aren't proficient in math.
These aren't isolated stats, the numbers might be lower, around 50% but they're consistent country wide. It tasks us, as writers, to make sure we keep our books written somewhere in the middle because there are people, even if their reading skills are below par, who will want to read.
According to the nces.ed.gov website's nations report on reading, not a single state. ZERO STATES reached proficient level. 34 reached basic and 14 were below basic.
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