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The State of Illiteracy in America: This is Serious.

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This is the second post in a series from HMH EVP of Intervention Solutions Margery Mayer, in which she explores literacy and reading intervention programs.

Ensuring that reading is a universal right is more important than it has ever been. Currently, there are 115 million adolescents around the world who are illiterate. And in our own back yard, one in four children in the U.S. grow up without learning to read, proving illiteracy is a bigger and more critical issue that most people think. Additionally, research shows that students who don’t read proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to drop out of school.

We’ve made advances in technology and as a society that have taken us further than we ever could have imagined. But for some, the most rudimentary skills such as reading a menu or a set of public transportation directions are elusive. It shouldn’t be like this.

Drs. Laurie Cutting and Ted Hasselbring of Vanderbilt University are working harder than ever to turn this tide. Thanks to Dr. Cutting's brain research and neural imaging, we know more than ever before about how the brain learns to read--as well as what areas of the brain need to be activated during the learning process. Dr. Hasselbring has conducted groundbreaking research on how technology can be used to benefit at-risk students. It is their work alongside the READ 180 Universal team that has enabled us to develop adaptive solutions that will help students gain the invaluable knowledge of literacy and help them unlock the power of their reading brains.

Every child deserves to read—not just on a basic level, but proficiently.

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To learn more about Drs. Laurie Cutting and Ted Hasselbring's work with READ 180 Universal and see how it is engineered to unlock the science behind reading success for all students, visit

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