On average, only 42% of American fourth graders can read at a "proficient" or above level. 14 states have a lower percentage. 58% are at a "basic" or below level. 32% are "below average", the lowest possible level. 25% of students will grow up to be "functionally illiterate". In short, not being able to read at even a basic level. That's right, one in every four American students will never read.Two thirds of these will end up in prison, 75% will end up in poverty. 9 out of 10 functionally illiterate teenage girls are going to end up pregnant. One-fourth of them will have another child within two years. Illiteracy costs the healthcare system 800 million per year. Thoughts on improving one of the biggest issues in this country?