National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week: 2020
We are coming to the end of National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week! The whole week is devoted to spreading awareness about adult education opportunities and resources for families to help them learn together as a whole. The Literacy Cooperative invites you to join us to spread awareness about the great opportunities available to adults and families in Cuyahoga County!
Our goal is to create enough momentum around #AEFLWeek, #AdultEd, and our own #AdultsLearnCLE and #FamiliesLearnCLE hashtags that adult and whole family education will become a hot topic all over Northeast Ohio! To get involved, click here.
Unfortunately in this week of recognizing the importance of adult education and family literacy we learned of a report showing that Cleveland was ranked the poorest city in the United States in 2019, https://www.communitysolutions.com/last-year-income-increased-poverty-decreased-2020/. We have been in the top 10 with other large cities like Detroit and Cincinnati. To make matters seem worse, another report ranks Cleveland as the worst connected large city for internet for the same year! https://www.cleveland.com/news/2020/09/cleveland-ranks-as-worst-connected-large-city-for-internet-in-2019.html
It should come as no surprise that the results of these less than prestigious rankings hit our community hard. One important area affected is literacy. Poverty and low literacy often go together and make it difficult for families to overcome. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) recently released the PIAAC Skills Map: State and County Indicators of Adult Literacy and Numeracy. The Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) is a cyclical, large-scale study that was developed under the auspices of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The assessment focuses on workplace skills needed for successful participation in 21st-century society and the global economy. The following infographics give a brief overview of how PIAAC reports the levels of literacy and numeracy. Each one compares the levels of literacy in Cuyahoga County to our state, nation, NEO counties as well as comparable counties in surrounding states. It is important to note that Cuyahoga County is equal to the state and nation at the highest levels of literacy and numeracy. It is also important to note that we have an opportunity for improvement to engage more adults in advancing their literacy levels to be at the proficient level. This is evident when you compare our county to the others below.