The National Literacy Act of 1991 defines literacy as "an individual's ability to read, write, and speak in English and compute and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job and in society, to achieve one's goals, and to develop one's knowledge and potential."
According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, "Poor reading and writing skills have a devastating lifelong impact - 75% of school dropouts report reading problems, and at least half of adolescents and young adults with criminal records have reading difficulties."
DoSomething.org, the country's largest nonprofit for young people and social change says:
"There are innovative proven solutions to these dire social and economic statistics," says Cathy Viney, Reading Strategies Expert and Executive Director of the nonprofit Applied Scholastics International at www.appliedscholastics.org. "For over four decades Applied Scholastics has been working with underperforming, illiterate youth and adults, teaching phonics, reading strategies, vocabulary, writing and comprehension skills transforming illiteracy to literacy. We call this program The Reading Strategies and Phonics Learning: Applied Scholastics Achievement Program™ (ASAP) based on the educational works of American author and educator, L. Ron Hubbard."
As most illiterate youth have fallen behind in academic content areas, the crucial strategy to implement in working with such youth has been to teach them the technology of how to learn. This technology, known as Study Technology, provides the tools and reading strategies for learning and mastering any subject as well as the pedagogy to guide students in applying them. It increases reading ability with an emphasis on vocabulary development and text comprehension. It generates the metacognitive ability required for effective and efficient learning and results in the mastery of academic content.
Viney adds, "The results of the Reading Strategies ASAP Program have been impressive, with 7th and 8th grade students having raised their percentage scores in reading between 19 and 30 points where the average rise in this testing system was 12 without ASAP."
She also states:
A free guide to the benefits of Applied Scholastics reading strategies, literacy and phonics programs and Study Technology is available at www.appliedscholastics.org or call Toll free: 877-75-LEARN.
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About Applied Scholastics International
The nonprofit Applied Scholastics International is a trusted authority on the subject of teaching strategies and proficiency based learning and provides timely and useful information so as to help teachers and schools improve the lives of ALL students of all ages including those negatively affected by learning difficulties and the social, economic and emotional issues associated with these difficulties. For more information, go to www.appliedscholastics.org.