Vermont Reading Partners
A Volunteer Literacy Program
Vermont Volunteer Literacy Program

Literacy Facts

A survey by the US Education Department's National Assessment of Adult Literacy was conducted in 2003. They divided literacy into four levels: Below Basic, Basic, Intermediate, and Proficient. The basic literacy skills tested included:
  • Searching a short, simple text to find out what a patient is allowed to drink before a medical test
  • Signing a form
  • Adding the amounts on a bank deposit slip.
The survey found that:
  • 32 million adults in the USA, about one in seven, lack basic literacy skills.
  • From 1992 to 2003, the US added about 23 million adults to its population of which 3.6 million joined the ranks of low literate adults, indicating that the literacy gap is widening.
  • In Bennington County, 7% of the population tested below the basic literacy level.
Source: National Center for Education Statistics, US Department of Education

Vermont Literacy ProgramVermont Reading Partners has helped hundreds of adults and students increase their basic reading, writing, and math skills; reach personal and work related goals; prepare for citizenship or the GED test; and improve English-speaking skills. We do not limit our services to just those adults and children who test below Basic Literacy Skills, but help anyone below a Proficient reader improve. Our services impact businesses in our community by increasing the skills of employees and help children in school “catch up.” Our services are free and confidential.

Literacy Links

ProLiteracy America— Contains many resources, including a literacy fact sheet for the Northeast.

Children's Literacy Foundation— Children's Literacy Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to nurture a love of reading and writing among children throughout New Hampshire and Vermont.

National Institute for Literacy— Read the 2008 Developing Early Literacy: Report of the National Literacy Plan: A Scientific Synthesis of Early Literacy Development and Implications for Interventions.

Northern Arizona University— Literacy and Reading Links NAU presents a wealth of literacy links.

Verizon Literacy University— Free online educational resources for literacy instruction and lifelong learning for adults and family literacy programs. Includes podcasts and online courses.

Contact Information
June Gutbier, Program Coordinator
PO Box 72
Manchester, Vermont 05254