A literacy study released by the state of Oregon Tuesday indicates that 97 percent of the state's adults can find basic information in news articles, but only 18 percent are able to read a bus schedule.
The survey of 2,000 Oregonians age 16 to 65 determined that just 35 percent can consistently figure out how much medicine to give a child by reading a dosage chart.Oregon Gov. Barbara Roberts, who released the results of the first comprehensive statewide literacy test, said the results demonstrate why Oregon and other states must continue to support adult education.
"How can an unemployed woman get to a job interview on time if she can't get to (read) a bus schedule?" Roberts said. "How can a father care for his sick daughter if he can't tell from instructions how much medicine to give her?"