In the coming days, I will travel to present a lecture on literacy. The good news: Missouri is showing other states how to improve the reading skills of its residents.
Here's the proof: according to the 2003 State Assessment of Adult Literacy, the quantitative literacy of adults in Missouri was significantly higher than the average literacy of the nation's adults. On 15 percent of adults were considered below the basic literacy level...compared to 21 percent for the nation.
The average literacy of African-Americans in Missouri was significantly higher than the average literacy of African-Americans in the nation. And women in Missouri had higher quantitative literacy skills than women in the nation.
That's news I am delighted to share. After my presentation is complete, I plan to celebrate...there are a few books I can't wait to start!