Monday, April 11, 2005

General Information: Statistics

  • The American Management Association reported in 2001 that more than one-third of all job applicants given literacy tests by mid-sized or larger companies could not pass.

  • A 1997 survey conducted by the National Association of Manufacturers and Grant Thornton LLP revealed that while roughly six in ten companies receive more than 5 applications for each position, one-third of those applicants are rejected for inadequate reading or writing skills, and nearly one-quarter for poor communication or math skills.

  • The same survey revealed problems in those already employed: more than half of the companies reported serious shortcomings in math, written language and communication skills among workers.

from the Adult Learning Quarterly, KET, Spring 2005