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Left Behind: DC's Literacy Divide

For Immediate Release May 13, 2020 New data reveals even lower math and reading literacy rates for DC adults living in poverty and on the front lines of COVID-19 pandemic Washington, DC – The National Center for Education Statistics released new data revealing that one in four DC adults struggles with basic reading, and one in three adults cannot do basic math. While DC has the highest levels of education in the nation, the opportunities and income benefits are not accessible to those who lack basic skills, which contributes to the fact that 17.4% of DC adults are living in poverty. The estimates were based on data collected by the US Programme for the International Assessment of Adult C

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