Literacy Facts

Wisconsin Facts

Following data from the U.S. 2010 Census Report:

  • 13.3% of adults 18-24 have not completed a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • 9.9% (~375,500) of adults 25+ have not graduated from high school.
    • 3.8% of people 25+ have an education level below the 9th grade.
    • 7.2% of people 25+ have completed some high school without receiving a diploma.
    • 31.7% of the foreign-born population 25+ does not have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • ~232,500 adults 25-64 did not graduate from high school.
    • ~120,000 are in the labor force.
    • ~27,200 are unemployed.
    • ~85,300 are not in the labor force.
  • From 2000-2010, the Hispanic or Latino population in Wisconsin increased by 74.2%.
  • 3.2% (~170,000) of the population in Wisconsin “does not speak English very well.” Of this number,
    • 2.0% speak Spanish.
    • 0.5% speak other Indo-European languages.
    • 0.6% speak Asian and Pacific Islander.
    • 0.1% speak other languages.
  • 46.4% of the foreign-born population over 5 years old “does not speak English very well.”

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Wisconsin Literacy Member Facts

The following data represents 60 Wisconsin Literacy member agencies that were able to complete a demographics survey for fiscal year 2012-2013:

  • 892 learners are on a waiting list.
  • Total literacy programs’ annual budget:  $6,350,088
  • # of paid staff (full-time equivalent), excluding paid instructors:  103
  • # of paid instructors:  139
  • # of active volunteer tutors:  3,510
  • # of volunteer tutor hours:  186,047
  • # of active other volunteers, including office volunteers and Board members:  1,562
  • # of other volunteer hours:  33,592
  • Value of total volunteer hours:  $4,862,807 (National value of volunteer time per hour:  $22.14)
  • New employees hired in fiscal year 2012-2013:  43
  • Staff positions eliminated in fiscal year 2012-2013:  15
  • # of computers available for use by learners statewide:  855
  • # of literacy programs that are members of ProLiteracy:  37
  • Type of assessment used by literacy programs:  TABE CLAS-E (17); TABE (34); BEST Plus (12); Other (27)
  • Of the 60 respondents, the following offer:
    ABE classes:  18       ABE one-to-one tutoring:  48    ABE small group:  17
    ELL Classes:  25       ELL one-to-one tutoring:  43     ELL small group:  27
    Citizenship:  32          Naturalization:  6                       Corrections:  12
    Family literacy:  19     Financial literacy:  23                Computer literacy:  34
    Health literacy:  26     Workplace literacy:  19            GED:  43      Math:  33
                        
  • Literacy programs that have a referral process with their local technical college:  45 out of 60
  • Learners from these programs referred to a local technical college in fiscal year 2012-2013:  424
  • Learners from technical colleges referred to these programs in fiscal year 2012-2013: 304

    For learners who have received a minimum of 12 hours of instruction from the 60 respondents:
  • Total number of Adult Basic Education (ABE) learners served in fiscal year 2012-2013:  7,314
  • Total number of English language learners (ELL) served in fiscal year 2012-2013:  5,713
  • Total number of ABE and ELL served in fiscal year 2012-2013:  13,027
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National Facts

Following data from the U.S. 2010 Census Report:

  • 8.7% reported speaking a language other than English at home "less than very well.”
  • 16.8% of adults 18-24 have not graduated from high school.
    • 19.5% of males 18-24 have not graduated from high school.
    • 13.9% of females 18-24 have not graduated from high school.
  • 6.1% (~30,000,000) of adults 25+ have not graduated from high school.
    • 36% (~10,700,000) of adults 25+ who have not graduated from high school are foreign born.
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